The Academy of Health Professionals says a criminal investigation into a revelation made by Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara is unnecessary.
Convenor Ravi Kumudesh said a technical investigation should be conducted to determine the authenticity of the information revealed by Dr. Bandara.
Kumudesh said the statement by Dr. Bandara, pertaining to his field, is accurate. He said the claim of conducting a Rapid Antigen Test at Rs.600 was not false.
Kumudesh said according to his knowledge, Rapid Antigen Test kits valued at under Rs.800 are available, pending approval of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority adding various legal delays have been created disrupting the validation process.
He said the NMRA, the Ministry of Health and the Secretary of the State Ministry of Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals possess the authority to remove these obstacles.
Kumudesh said efforts are underway to intimidate individuals who raise concerns adding such actions hinder health services from moving in the correct direction.
He said the statement by Dr. Bandara must be investigated, and the truth must be revealed to the public.
Kumudesh said disciplinary action must be taken against Dr. Bandara if he is found to have violated the Establishments Code.