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Health Minister vows no drug shortage will occur despite Dollar deficit

Despite the ongoing dollar deficit’s impact on the importation of drugs, a programme is being implemented not to occur a shortage of medicines in the country, promised Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, responding to the State Pharmaceutical Corporation’s claim of the dollar deficit being an impact on the availability of medicines in Sri Lanka.

“That is not totally false, I must say. The truth is, there is a problem of some kind – not that there is not – in the entire country. This means that there is a problem in the forex. The forex problem, as of now, has been sorted out into some extent,” Rambukwella said.

He added: “But I should be making it clear, that His Excellence the President has clearly instructed to prioritise the affairs related to the Health Sector, all of its needs and its impact on the country, without any shortage of medicines. Therefore, it is not that there are no temporary problems at all. But the state which we are in is “not incapable” of solving them yet. We believe that we may be able to solve these problems. Nevertheless, a programme is being implemented not to allow a shortage of medicines.”

MIAP

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