Drugs from India arrive this week
The life saving drugs (98 varieties) purchased from India at a cost
of Rs 120 million will arrive in the country within this week. The drugs
will be distributed among state hospitals within ten days, Healthcare
and Nutrition Ministry spokesman said.
According to the spokesman, the drugs which will arrive in Sri Lanka
this week will be sufficient for another two to three months. These
drugs are freely available in the country at the moment and it is
estimated that the existing stocks will be exhausted in another three
months time while some other stocks will be over in two months time.
The ministry obtained cabinet approval for `Emergency Pharmaceutical
Purchasing’ to purchase the drugs. This will be the last consignment of
drugs that will be purchased by the ministry following this procedure.
The ministry practiced this method on a few occasions during the recent
past. A representative from the treasury was also included in this
special team to ensure transparency, he said.
Recently the ministry discovered some dispensaries in state hospitals
inform patients that drugs are not available avoiding part of their duty
which is getting drugs from hospital stores. When the drug is over at
the counter, the dispenser does not obtain the drug from the hospital
stores and inform the patients that the drug is not available, he said.