As part of the Building Resilience and Vaccine Awareness (BRAVE) project, ADRA Sri Lanka donated 3 electric ICU beds to COVID-19 wards of the Gampaha General Hospital.
The Gampaha General Hospital is one of the major healthcare institutions in the Gampaha District that has 3 wards dedicated especially for COVID-19 patients. The hospital has a bed capacity of 150 altogether in all three COVID-19 wards combined and has three separate maternal and neonatal wards with a high dependency unit where the most serious COVID-19 patients are kept. The hospital also has a special Intensive Care Unit (ICU) dedicated just for COVID-19 which has a bed capacity of 8 at the moment. Through the BRAVE project, ADRA donated 3 fully functional electric beds to the ICU. ” The COVID-19 ICU has 8 beds at the moment and they are just manually adjustable beds. The beds that ADRA donated are 3 function electric beds in which the comfort level of the patient can be adjusted by the patient using a remote. If we are lucky enough to eradicate this disease within the next 12 months we can use the same beds for cardiac patients, renal transplant patients, terminally ill cancer patients and anybody else. This is the basic thing; if there’s any difficulty in breathing this is the equipment of choice. So we really appreciate you (ADRA) donating them,” said Dr. Mahesh Jayasinghe, the former COVID-19 Coordinator, and current Medical Officer Health Infomatics.
The BRAVE project works in the Gampaha district to build resilience against the virus and create awareness regarding the vaccine. The project supports the COVID-19 eradication efforts of the public health sector and has been and will be working closely with the Gampaha General Hospital throughout the project period.