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Health Ministry to ensure no shortage of drugs in 2022

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Tuesday (11) instructed the relevant officials to submit a comprehensive report on the drugs required for the country for the next six months.

Accordingly, this report should be prepared by calculating the drugs required for two quarters of three months each, the Minister said.

The Minister gave these instructions at a special discussion held at the Health Ministry regarding the supply of medicines required for the country during this year.

State Minister of Production, Supply and Distribution of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana was also present at the discussion. Minister Rambukwella pointed out that despite the obstacles posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the people should be provided with the required medicines without any shortage and the Government will make it a priority.

The Health Minister instructed the Secretary to the State Ministry of Production, Supply and Distribution of Pharmaceuticals Dr. Saman Ratnayake to provide information on the countries from which drugs are imported and the drugs manufactured in the country.

Minister Rambukwella said that Sri Lanka is one of the first countries in the world to be internationally recognized for its vaccination programme and it is a great achievement to be able to bring in over 51 million vaccines.

He pointed out that the Government will take all possible measures to fulfill the country’s drug requirement. It was discussed at this meeting that medicines should be imported with due regard for the drugs that can be manufactured locally.

It was revealed at the discussion that although some drugs are manufactured in large quantities in the country, different brands of the same drug have to be imported as people are used to different brands.

The Minister said that it is important to conduct a prior study before the year starts to ensure that there is no shortage of drugs in the country at any time.

Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Major General Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Director General of Health Services, Dr. Asela Gunawardena and Chairman of the National Drug Regulatory Authority, Dr. Rasitha Wijewantha were present.

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