Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella today (12) issued directives to relevant officials to ease certain traditional rules and regulations in place and to take necessary measures in supplying essential medicines.
The Minister said relevant units must bear responsibility if a shortage arises at a time that funds are in place for the purchase of medicines.
Secretary of the Ministry of Health Janaka Sri Chandragupta, officials of the Medical Supply Division of the Ministry, the State Pharmaceutical Corporation, the State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation, the National Medicines Regulatory Authority, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank were present at today’s discussion held under the patronage of the Health Minister.
Minister Rambukwella added the Medical Supply Division must ensure regular updates takes place and take on responsibility of ensuring a steady supply of medicine without a shortage.
The Health Minister also stated that officials must focus on the systematic use of international loans and aid in obtaining medicines while claiming that snail-paced actions will lead to many issues.
The Minister also requested relevant officials to obtain the support of specialist medical associations to identify the medicines required by patients, to ensure they are distributed diligently, to obtain updates on medicines through hospital directors, and to direct attention to medicines required for cancer patients.
Minister Rambukwella stated that although local suppliers and manufacturers are keen on the supply of medicines and medical equipment, certain obstacles have led to shortcomings.