Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella has issued directives to relevant departments to place orders for medicines for a period of three months.
The Minister said such a measure will reduce the shortage of medicine and medical equipment that may occur in the future.
A discussion was held today (14) at the Health Ministry pertaining to the purchase of medicines while officials of the Ministry of Health and a group of leading private drug suppliers also participated in the discussion.
Minister Rambukwella issued instructions to make maximum use of the Indian Credit Line for the health sector.
The officials pointed out that work related to this programme will be completed by mid-October while the Minister issued directives to take necessary measures to utilise the aid effectively.
Furthermore, it is expected that the country will receive necessary medicine and medical equipment for the next six months under aid programmes of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the United Nations Office for Project Services.
Minister Rambukwella also issued directives to ensure funds are allocated by the Treasury owing to the 80% increase in the dollar rate in comparison to last year.
He added despite the completion of the Indian loan facility, the medicine requirement must be met without any shortages while steps must be taken to implement other donor and loan assistance programmes efficiently.
The Health Minister claimed that steps must be taken to expedite the second phase of the China, World Bank, AIA and other aid programmes.
The Ministry issuing a statement said under the Indian loan facility, USD 50 million was allocated to the private sector to purchase essential medicines and medical equipment.
Meanwhile, Minister Rambukwella also met with the Private Pharmacy Owners’ Association while issues related to the field were discussed.
They highlighted that the cost of raw materials required for the production of medicines, has led to the increase in the price of medicines.
The Minister noted that the Medicines Regulatory Act must be amendment by excluding outdated laws and regulations.