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PM attends to the medicine shortage in the country

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the Ministry of Health to immediately submit a document on the essential drugs in Sri Lanka and the drugs which are in short supply.

This was made known through the Prime Minister’s Media Division today (25).

The discussion was held today at the Prime Minister’s office under the patronage of the Prime Minister to discuss short term and medium term solutions to the current drug crisis due to the current economic crisis.

“Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Governments of Sri Lanka and India had agreed to pay back the loan in Sri Lankan Rupees after discussions due to the lack of dollars for the purchase of US $ 200 million worth of medicines received by Sri Lanka under the Indian loan facility,” the statement mentioned.

Additionally, The Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella stated that due to the stock of medicines and anesthetics to be provided by the French Government tomorrow, it will be possible to maintain a continuous 90 day operation in all emergency operating theatres in the country.

Meanwhile, the Drug Regulatory Authority is making prompt purchases of drugs and an Independent Committee headed by the Minister of Health, Keheliya Rambukwella, has been appointed to amend the Drugs Regulatory Authority Act.

It was also revealed during the discussion that there is a shortage of 76 essential medicines at present and that local pharmaceutical suppliers have to pay Rs. 33 billion in arrears.

Minister Rambukwella addressed the gathering attended by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Former Minister Ruwan Wijewardena and former Minister Sagala Ratnayake as well as the Secretary to the Ministry of Health along with several government health officials.