The quarantine facility at Wathupitiwala, which is being used to house persons suspected to have contracted COVID-19, is facing a serious issue with regard to the supply of
water. It is reported that there was no water supply yesterday (30).

Persons at the facility say that they are facing a serious problem without access to clean water, which is essential for good health.

Nearly 200 persons suspected to have contracted the virus are being quarantined at this facility.

It is reported that none of them had access to safe drinking water let alone to wash their hands. During the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping hands clean is especially important to help prevent the virus from spreading. However, the lack of access to water has prevented the persons being quarantined at this facility from following basic health guidelines as regulated by the Ministry of Health.
The water supply has been disconnected without prior notice. Further, persons who have contracted the virus as well as those suspected of contracting COVID-19 are being held at this facility placing their lives in grave danger, it is reported.

It is also reported that there is no regular disinfection of the premises and that the washrooms are being cleaned by infected persons.

The quality of food offered at the facility is very poor with no nutritional value with quarantined persons often being served with two tortillas (roti) with a bag of gravy in a small shopping bag. The food is so bad that they wouldn't even offer it to their pets and is left to rot, they say.

A putrid stench pervaded the facility with the medical staff and persons being quarantined forced to live in ghastly conditions.

(English translation of an article first published by  (

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