An establishment of a new covid ward complex in De Soysa Maternity Hospital for Women (Teaching)
“A People’s Gift to the People”
Since 10th March 2020, the first Sri Lankan local national tested positive for COVID-19 up to date, there were varying number of Covid-19 cases reported in the country. When the delta wave of Covid-19 which was more serious than any other occurrence embraces the country, an enormous fear generated among both patients & staff. In this context, the number of pregnant mothers getting infected with Covid-19, started to raise in De Soysa Maternity Hospital (DMH) as well. When the number of patients admitted with Covid-19 is more than the allocated bed capacity, resulted in increasing the number of floor patients. It is a well-known fact that all the pregnant mothers should be given an appropriate care and comfort out of which an expected comfort is doubtful under the aforesaid situation for the floor patients. ("Floor patients can be described as those patients who have not received a bed in the hospital"). At the same time there are some serious instances where babies are kept in the cots and mothers stay in another ward away from the babies.
The staff of DMH exert very much in order to provide optimum care to the patients of DMH. As a result, the staff infection rate has increased tremendously. Unexpectedly, when a positive test result of a staff member was informed, he/she would be in trouble until an accommodation is provided elsewhere in the country to receive care for the illness acquired. The reason is that there is no identified location in the DMH premises to admit staff patients. Therefore, it was suggested to allocate a few beds for staff members in the new ward complex in order to pay for the immeasurable services they rendered so that they would feel homely and comfortable.