Sri Lanka is due to receive a stock of 231 types of medicine over the next few months through various means.
This was revealed during a discussion held today at the Ministry of Health (27) under the patronage of subject Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.
The medicine will be received through an Indian loan facility, as part of Chinese humanitarian aid, local manufactures, emergency purchases, loan subsidies via the Asian Development Bank, and through the State Pharmaceutical Corporation.
The Deputy Director General of the Medical Supplies Division Dr. DRK Herath said there are many essential medicines in the country including gauze, cotton wool, saline, dextrose, anti-rabies medicine, medicine for snake venom, and medicine to control bleeding after childbirth.
The Minister said while the government has spent large sums on medicines, it is the responsibility of relevant authorities in the health sector to ensure there is no medicine shortage, while disregarding claims in media of shortages by assessing accurate information on a daily basis.
Minister Rambukwella added that cancer patients, expectant women, and heart patients must be cautious of their conditions and seek suitable medication.
The Health Minister stated that attention must be directed to medicines and surgical instruments and especially pre-calculating surgical equipment required for a year and make necessary orders.