The Association of Health Professionals says the National Medicines Regulatory Authority must also be held responsible for drug shortages and health issues in the country.
The Association claims due to the activities of the NMRA, local drug production has been discouraged due to the refusal to allow the production in the country.
In a statement, the Association said the country’s health service at present is being managed through donations from individuals and organisations.
The statement added traditional and insensitive decision-making by the NMRA has severely affected the health service.
Meanwhile, the Association stated that having to pay an unnecessary price of around USD 10 for medicines that can be obtained for USD 1 is unhealthy for the economy.
President Ravi Kumudesh charged that numerous parties and former Health Ministers have been highlighting these issues repeatedly.
He said due to the inefficiencies of such institutions healthcare workers were prone to face unfavourable situations.
He noted the highest number of strikes are a result of delayed decision-making by authorities.