Sri Lanka Public Health Emergency Preparedness
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This article first appeared on Gizmodo: “Hospitals in Sri Lanka may want to think twice the next time they ask for additional supplies of medical equipment,” by Matthew J. Leopold, senior IT analyst for the World Health Organization, and is based on research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Team.
We spent a weekend in Sri Lanka working with local medical teams from the Ministry of Health, which is responsible for the country’s health care. This article offers an overview of the health care providers’ experiences of the public health response and the government’s experience of responding to emergencies at the local and international levels.
Background: The primary sources of health care delivery in Sri Lanka’s private and public health care sector are hospitals and health clinics. The government is responsible for the provision of inpatient health services, which are available from private providers. Hospitals provide a range of services, including inpatient and outpatient medical care, laboratory and radiological examinations, pathology, radiology, X-ray, and ultrasound exams, and dentistry. Hospitals also provide ambulatory health services, including primary care, diagnostic imaging (radiology, ultrasound), dental care, and obstetrical services. Clinics provide care for general conditions, as well as inpatient, ambulatory, and laboratory services. Hospitals provide maternity services, and outpatient services when needed.
These health care providers serve many purposes: first, they have clinical expertise, which they gain through years of experience and clinical study. Clinics and hospitals also provide medical surveillance and public health education.
Local Public Health Response: While the national response is a national government-led program, as noted above, state-level and local organizations have responded to public health emergencies. Some efforts have been initiated through the government, including the introduction of Health Emergency Alerts (HEAs), and by international organizations. These groups coordinate with the government to ensure that they are operational and available by their declared start and end dates.
Although public health systems are decentralized, local health care systems (LHCSs) are not. The LHCSs are often large-scale organizations based in particular locations and have varying levels of health care capabilities and infrastructure.
The third COVID-19 wave in Sri Lanka
COVID-19 (coronavirus) is an infectious disease, caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) transmitted to humans through an infectious human-to-human transmission. COVID-19 spreads mainly via droplets and is transmitted to other humans by respiratory droplets that are either generated or spreaded in close physical contact with the person infected by the COVID-19 virus.
The incubation time for COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. Most of infected people recover with no severe complications, but some people may develop the severe form of COVID-19 illness.
COVID-19 is a global health crisis. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated it as a pandemic. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, this pandemic has impacted millions of people around the world, while it is affecting just under 50,000 people in Sri Lanka. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that cases of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in India have soared from 3,000 in the first week of the outbreak to 20,000-25,000 in the following month.
Although the new coronavirus COVID-19 has had a pandemic impact on the global health community since February 2020, Sri Lanka has been affected to a lesser extent. This is because the country’s outbreak started in November/December 2019 and the first COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka were reported in January 2020. There are many other countries in South Asia that are affected to a lesser extent by the COVID-19 outbreak.
On 21st March 2020, the Sri Lankan government declared a lockdown in all aspects of life in order to control the COVID-19 outbreak. Since that time, the number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing steadily, but some regions like the north-eastern parts of the country have not had as high a case burden.
The new COVID-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka has been linked to a recent outbreak of influenza (common cold). This has caused a significant drop in the number of people affected.
Status of COVID Intermediate Care Facilities
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Abstract: [In this article, we highlight the significance of the development and importance of the Internet of Things (IoT) for the development of smart medical devices and connected hospital-based care environments in the future. For the first time, we are presenting our vision of the IoT on its own in this paper, especially in the context of the concept of the Internet of healthcare information and intelligent medical devices (IoHID), which is designed to provide healthcare information as an integrated and personalized service, with minimal delay and maximum accuracy while preserving the privacy of the patient (no personal information is shared with other people), while enhancing the transparency and trust among the users. ] We also propose a unified standard, a protocol-layer framework, and a user plane that can be used for all the healthcare information related IoT devices. Since there are many medical devices that exist in hospitals, such as electronic patient monitoring systems, electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor, blood pressure monitors, and drug infusion control units, we are also proposing a unified and decentralized IoT-based interoperability layer protocol to share data for these devices. The system should not only support data flow between the devices but also provide an online service so that when users register with a medical provider, we can seamlessly create a bridge, allowing them to connect to the IoHID network, provide a login page to their devices, obtain access to information regarding their medical condition, and receive personalized services according to their specific medical condition. Lastly, we demonstrate our proposed communication model using the well-known Open Medical Data Exchange (OMDE) protocol and show how it can integrate heterogeneous medical devices and IoT data into the IoT-based information exchange and patient-centered service in the future. The overall vision is to have a fully connected and intelligent Internet of Care, in which all of the IoT devices will form a common data network that is able to seamlessly exchange information and services, allowing medical facilities to communicate seamlessly with each other.
The UNP-supported COVID-19 Project in Sri Lanka
The UNP-supported COVID-19 Project in Sri Lanka | Computer Networking.
The Sri Lanka COVID-19 Project aims to reduce the COVID-19 pandemic, by increasing the use of evidence-based interventions and to identify and mitigate the barriers to accessing the evidence base.
Tips of the Day in Computer Networking
A couple of weeks ago, a couple of folks asked me for help with deploying a number of Cisco VPNs. For my part, I went to a Cisco workshop and watched the Cisco product demo, and then we set up the systems on that demo.
The systems I tried to deploy were fairly basic, with a simple set of servers, a few links, and a couple of Cisco VPN client devices. In this post, I’ll go through everything from the basics of networking configuration, to how the VPN client is set up, to running some diagnostics and some analysis to see what configuration the client was using.
In a nutshell, all I needed to do is connect a client device to my local network, and assign it a tunnel to use.
The Cisco VPN client is used to connect to a Cisco VPN and to configure it to use a particular tunnel’s security association. With the client running on a Windows machine, after I made the connections I copied the client file to the Windows drive and ran the command from the command prompt.
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