SL hospitals record 115 mn visits

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Sri Lankans had made 70 million visits to state-run hospitals for admissions and OPD treatment in 2013 while 45 million patients had sought medical treatment from private sector hospitals in the same year. Altogehter 115 million visits had been made to both government and private hospital, the Health Ministry said.

The Health Ministry media spokesman W. M. D. Wanninayaka told The Island that though Sri Lanka's total population was only 21 million, but 115 million patients had visited both state and private ran hospitals last year.

About 60 percent of 115 million patients had sought medical attention for non -communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney ailments and various forms of cancer.

He pointed out that an extensive survey conducted by the Ministry had revealed that one patient had visited hospitals more than six times on average in 2013. The main hospitals were receiving about 750 diabetic patients a day while the rural hospitals received about 200 to 300 diabetic patients each on a daily basis.

On a concept of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena a National Health Week would commence from today till March 16 to make the people aware of the importance in the prevention of NCDs, the spokesman added.

Minister Maithripala Sirisena, contacted for comment, said that the National Health Week commencing today would focus on Public Hospital relationship and Clean Day, Dengue Control Day, NCD Day, School Children Day, Narcotics Prevention Day and Evaluation and Religious Day. He had requested respective members of parliament and the respective provincial council members to visit hospitals in their areas during the National Health Week and attend to their needs.

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