The Government Medical Officers’ Association has raised concerns about a shortage of medicinal drugs required for patients receiving treatment at Intensive Care Units.
Speaking to media, Vice President of the GMOA’s Uva Province branch Dr. Palitha Rajapaksha said the shortage of anesthetic drugs could lead to unnecessary additional deaths in the country.
Dr. Palitha Rajapaksha said there is a major shortage of anesthetic drugs which hamper the treatment of ICU patients, those require oxygen supply and those need to undergo surgeries.
He noted there are several medications required for this purpose adding however that it was revealed that there is a shortage of the relevant medicine in the hospital and also at the central storage.
Dr. Palitha Rajapaksha added that these are essential drugs for COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit, and therefore they’re at risk due to the shortage.
Dr. Rajapaksha said responsible authorities must take action promptly and resolve the shortage, to avoid a serious crisis.