The Ministry of Health has admitted to a shortage of certain drugs and surgical equipment at government hospitals across the island.
The Ministry issuing a statement said certain facts in a statement issued by the Health Ministry yesterday citing there is no shortage of medicine must be amended.
However, the Ministry in a statement today said plans are in place to manage the shortage and ensure a continuous supply of drugs.
The Ministry added that certain medicines were in short supply due to the inability to open Letters of Credit in due course due to the foreign exchange crisis.
The Ministry stated several measures have been taken and are currently being implemented.
The Health Ministry said one such measure is to open Letters of Credit and order medicines and equipment under the Indian loan facility.
The Ministry also stated that the government has received USD 10 million in funding from the World Bank to purchase medicines.
The Ministry said talks are being held with the World Health Organization and the Asian Development Bank to obtain funds or medicines.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry added it has received positive responses to requests put forth to foreign institutions, and Sri Lankans living overseas to make donations or provide funds to purchase medicines.