Security has been tightened at hospitals in Sri Lanka following the attacks at the weekend. The Sunday Times Sri Lanka has reported that doctors, healthcare workers and visitors alike have been subject to special security checks.
Hundreds of people are being treated for injuries in the wake of the attacks on Sunday morning (21 April 2019). By Tuesday, it was being reported that more than 300 people had been killed and around 500 were injured following the series of explosions inside churches and hotels as Christians gathered for services to celebrate Easter.
Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the attacks as “barbaric”. “My heart goes to the victims and people of Sri Lanka. I also salute the first responders, healthcare workers who provide care to those injured,” he said in a tweet.
In a letter to Dr Jayantha Jayatissa, President of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka, the President of WONCA, Donald Li said doctors will be dealing with the “awful outcomes” of the attacks for many months and years into the future. “The entire WONCA family is in shock at the brutal killings,” said President Li. “As a global family, we all grieve together.”