Drugs shortage will end soon - Minister Sirisena
Two local companies at the Katunayake FTZ have been producing
surgical and experimental gloves during the past 22 years; but the
Health Ministry did not know the companies existed.
The companies exported their goods, while the ministry imported the
same items at a high price. Arrangements have been made to change the
procedure of purchasing drugs, laboratory and surgical items, Health
Minister Maithripala Sirisena said.
Minister Sirisena said under the guidance of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa, the outdated purchasing procedure of drugs, laboratory items
and surgical items will be changed after Cabinet approval.
The Treasury has already approved the new process. The two local
companies that produce surgical and experimental gloves have been
contacted to purchase their goods.
Minister Sirisena said the Health Ministry requires around 24,000
surgical items and around 1,400 drugs annually.
He said the ministry calls for 4,500 tenders every year to purchase
Under the new system, tenders will be called and laboratory and
surgical items purchased for two or three years to prevent shortages.
Drugs will be purchased annually because of their expiry dates and
other quality requirements, the minister said.