Ministry contradict each other on drugs issue
The GMOA yesterday charged that lack of proper
administration in the Health Ministry, had led to a
shortage of essential and life saving drugs in
hospitals around the country.
Spokesman for the GMOA, Dr Upul Gunasekara told The
Nation, that life saving drugs such as Dobutamine
and xcylocard, and essential drugs like Pethadine
and Morphine were not available even at the Colombo
“The situation is such that the National Hospital is
not only facing a drug shortage, but also borrowing
surgical equipment from the Kandy General Hospital
and Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Borella,” he added.
Dr. Gunasekara further noted that drugs like
Pethadine and Morphine, are used as essential pain
killers at the time of an accident or after an
operation. Therefore, it is vital to provide an
adequate supply of these drugs without risking the
lives of the patients.
He urged the Health Ministry to take immediate steps
to end this drug shortage especially due to the
current war situation in the country.
“When there aren’t enough stocks of Pethedine and
Morphine in Colombo, how are we supposed to treat
injured Army personnel outside the city , since
these drugs are obtained only from Colombo?. The
Ministry officials should think about the fate of
the soldiers who are in need of treatment,”
Gunasekara charged that even though the GMOA has
informed the Health Ministry about this shortage,
they were delaying to provide stocks by giving lame
excuses and blaming the doctors.
“The current situation highlights the importance of
having a National Drug Policy. The annual drug
budget is quite sufficient to provide drugs
continuously without any shortage,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Health Ministry,
W.M.D.Wanninayaka, said that GMOA should first
inform the Medical Supply Division (MSD) without
making false statements to the public.
“We have already got down a stock of Pethadine from
India. A stock of Morphine will arrive later this
week from the UK. The Ministry has already taken
steps to send the needed amount of Pethadine to
North. Hence the GMOA should inform the MSD without
giving false statements,” he reiterated.