Sri Lankan hospitals have been directed to take emergency measures to fight the Avian Flu threat, Epidemiology Unit Department Director Paba Palihawadana has said.
Besides the 20 hospitals that have already been earmarked for improvement to combat the disease, the Unit has decided to select 20 more hospitals, Palihawadana was quoted Wednesday by Daily News as saying.
These 40 hospitals would be provided with modern equipment and facilities to combat the virus and the anti-viral drug Osaltamavir (Tamiflu) has been stored.
Meanwhile, laboratory technicians sent by the World Health Organization (WHO) for training to identify and combat the virus have returned from Hong Kong. They will train technicians in the hospitals on modern methods of combating the virus.
The Epidemiology Unit has taken action to prevent the virus from entering the country and is conducting awareness programs to enlighten the public on protective action, he said.
Palihawadana also cleared all fears regarding the consumption of well cooked chicken and eggs, assuring that high temperatures kill the virus.