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Strong primary health care system helped mitigate COVID-19 - Keheliya

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday stated that the strong primary health care system of the country helped to control the COVID-19 disaster in Sri Lanka.

The Minister further stated that the Government’s COVID prevention campaign and the contribution made by the health service officials at community level contributed a lot in controlling the pandemic.

The Minister was addressing the launch of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Standing Statement on Building Resilience in Health Systems in countries above the COVID pandemic held online. The conference was hosted from Geneva with the participation of 194 countries on Tuesday.

“Despite being a middle-income country, our country has shown high performance in health indicators and it can be compared to developed countries in the world,” the Minister said.

The Minister said that in response to the request made by the World Health Organization to vaccinate 40 percent of the population, we have already given the full vaccination to a higher percentage.

Rambukwella said that for the success of the vaccination, community participation was added to it by providing effective communication at the Divisional Health Officer level and that a stronger mechanism could be put in place for this. He also said that the implementation of intermediate treatment centres and subsequent home treatment programs to increase the capacity of treatment facilities at a time when the COVID-19 epidemic was on the rise had brought success to the COVID administration. He said that more than 85,000 patients were treated at home and this helped avoid unnecessary congestion at hospitals.


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