Lanka hospital denies Maldives swine flu patients rumours

Lanka Hospitals PLC have taken to their official Facebook page to deny claims that Maldivian patients diagnosed with swine flu are admitted at Lanka Hospitals and have died.

With swine flu spreading rapidly across Maldives, rumours started circulating on social media that Maldivians diagnosed with H1N1 are being treated at neighbouring country's Lanka Hospitals and have died of the disease.

Making the statement on Facebook, Group Chief Executive Officer of Lanka Hospitals Dr. Prasad Medawatte rejected the claims, revealing that only a dozen Maldivian patients are admitted currently at the hospital, out of which 10 were surgical and two medical patients; none however, with swine flu.

Medawatte also stated that the hospital is not "infected" and that the rumours are malicious and defamatory aimed at tarnishing the positive image of the hospital. He added that Lanka Hospitals will continue to serve it's patients without any disruption.

According to Sunday Time LK, a spokesperson for the Epidemiology unit of Sri Lanka regarding cases of swine flu dismissed the rumours to be false as they had not received any reports of an unusual situation with high number of swine flu reported or admissions from Maldives.

Meanwhile, the latest HPA statistics have confirmed that the H1N1 virus is continuing to rise in Maldives and the government has set up multiple flu clinics throughout to provide round the clock service.