Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella has assured that there will not be a medicine shortage in the country, after August.
Speaking in Parliament today, Minister Rambukwella said the country is facing a medicine shortage at present, due to the foreign exchange issue.
The Minister noted that due to the economic crisis, certain procurements were delayed.
Minister Rambukwella said they did not receive necessary funds from the Treasury and the Central Bank to import certain medicine.
The Health Minister said however they have been working rigorously to import the necessary medicine by obtaining funds from international donor agencies.
Minister Rambukwella said the Health Ministry has received nearly USD 500 million in recent weeks to import essential medicine and raw material to produce drugs locally.
He said the Ministry received USD 73 million from the World Bank, USD 66 million from the Asian Development Bank, USD 100 million from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and USD 200 million through the Indian credit line.
He said they are also in possession of 14 vital life-saving drugs at present.
The Health Minister said necessary orders have been made, however it will take around two months to receive the medicine stocks.
The Minister said therefore he is confident after August, the country will not have a medicine shortage.