Year’s supply of medicines fast-tracked

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A consignment of medicinal drugs, sufficient for a year, which would usually take three months to reach Sri Lanka, will be expedited to arrive in two months, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella assured.

He added that, despite the fact that it normally takes three months to deliver the ordered medicinal drugs, the companies have agreed to deliver in two months.

Rambukwella noted that they have received positive responses from international drug companies, as well as 25 per cent of donations from foreign states, as well as the World Bank.

However, he said that they have paid special attention to essential drugs, such as the rabies vaccine.

He also noted that stocks will not be able to meet demand, so better management is required.

Meanwhile, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has met Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director-General of Health Services in Sri Lanka.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva on 28 May.

In a tweet, the WHO chief stated that they discussed how they can help address immediate gaps in medicines and medical equipment owing to Sri Lanka’s economic crisis and help maintain primary healthcare services.

By Kanchana Kolagolla