The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said that the shortage of medicinal drugs in hospitals across the country has worsened again.
GMOA Spokesperson Dr. Chamil Wijesinghe said the situation has affected the entire hospital system including the National Hospital, Colombo and the Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama.
He said there is a shortage of all types of medicines in the hospitals and therefore, difficulties have arisen in maintaining daily affairs of the hospitals.
However, Health Secretary Janaka Sri Chandragupta said that although there is a shortage of certain types of drugs, it has not affected the daily affairs of the hospital system. He also said that orders have been placed to purchase the medicinal drugs which are in shortage.
Meanwhile, Apeksha Hospital’s director Dr. Aruna Jayasekara said that there is a shortage of 15 types of medicines given to cancer patients at the Hospital.
He said that most of the medicines are received from donors and that other medicines which are in shortage are being purchased from local suppliers.