Despite Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella’s assurance on medicines being available in his possession, the question would be whether these stocks are available at the hospitals, said the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), speaking to a briefing yesterday (20).
“We saw the Health Minister making a statement that he has enough stocks of medicines. Despite such a claim, the problem is whether hospitals have these stocks of medicines. If so there is a distribution issue. For example, there is only one type of antibiotic in the National Eye Hospital. A list of many types of medicines are running out and have already run out in these hospitals as we were confirmed. It is said that the government and the Health Ministry are currently receiving foreign aid for medicines and also funds from the Ministry of Finance. It is said that steps are being taken to import medicines with Indian assistance. But there is a serious delay in receiving these medicines. If there are medicines in the Ministry, they should be distributed immediately,” said Dr. Prasad Colambage.