The Government Medical Officers Association claim many issues have arisen in the country due to a shortage of essential medicines.
Speaking to media in Colombo GMOA Committee Member Dr. Prasad Colombage said a number of problems such as a shortage of medicines/ rising medicine prices and transportation related obstacles are reported from the health sector.
The Doctor claimed that government hospitals cannot issue medicine to the public, as stocks are limited month.
He said Doctors are forced to prescribe patients to buy medicines from private pharmacies due to the scarcity of medicine.
Dr. Colombage pointed out that medicine suppliers have moved away from such business due to transportation issues, financial issues and procurement issues caused by the dollar shortage.
He stressed that the shortage of medicines is a real and prevalent issue.
Dr. Colombage also commented that prices of medicines have also increased by more than three to four times during the past few months.
Dr. Prasad Colombage recalled a statement by Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella that the supply of medicines can be done without a problem, and conformed that in reality it is not the case.
He assured that the Health Ministers statement is completely false.
The Doctor noted that people cannot obtain the medication they require due to high prices outside state hospitals.
He warned that Sri Lanka’s health sector is falling apart at a rate due to economic mismanagement.
Dr. Colombage also called for an efficient programme to distribute fuel to doctors and health sector staff.