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By Indika Sri Aravinda

Patients suffering from mood disorders have been placed in a difficult situation as a medicine named ‘Lithium’ given to these patients is out of stocks in pharmacies. 

Speaking to Daily Mirror online, the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Specialist Dr. Jayaan Mendis said the hospital had prescribed this medication to those who had left the hospital after they had received in-house treatment. 

Lithium is only available in government hospitals including the mental hospital in Angoda and cannot be bought even at the Osu sala.

Dr. Mendis also said that if patients suffering from mood disorders do not take the medication as prescribed, the illness may increase and patients would have to be hospitalized.  (Daily Mirror online)
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  • sw Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:38 AM

    Badulle Siva must have removed it all, may be he needs it now after the recent exposures of corruption and incompetency.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:31 AM

    Now we can understand why many of our people behaved like mental patients and celebrated something which they never understood, when the government passed the 18th amendment!

    Elaris Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:32 AM

    Reduction of cost of living will certainly improve the mood disorders of most Sri Lankans.

    Democrat Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:33 AM

    If any body in a shortage of Psychiatric medicines Please check it out in Diyawannawa Pharmacy.Thre are 225 patients are on treatments.

    spark Wednesday, 15 September 2010 03:00 AM

    We can only state "Aiyo Sirisena".

    Yeti Wednesday, 15 September 2010 03:01 AM

    The Heath Department is getting sicker and sicker!!!

    Dheen Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:33 AM

    They are so concerned about this because some of our mentally imbalanced politicians desperately need this drug.

    local boy Wednesday, 15 September 2010 03:25 AM

    Patients dies in karapitiya ETU without proper management , although situation is worst , proper media attention not given.

    Magamaya Wednesday, 15 September 2010 04:01 AM

    The present one is no second to former. Both are in the same
    (Maharajha's) Boat.

    Bakamoona Wednesday, 15 September 2010 04:17 AM

    UNPers are the mood disorder patients right now in Sri Lanka. :( :( :( :(

    M.ASHRAFF NAZIM Wednesday, 15 September 2010 04:19 AM

    WHOEVER TAKES OVER HEALTH MINISTRY THE PROBLEMS AND SHORTCOMINGS CANNOT BE SOLVED. GIVE HE BEST AND TAKE THE REST

    nishan Wednesday, 15 September 2010 04:38 AM

    Wait...guys still the 18th amendment was passed and there are many. All other problems come after the constitution amendments.

    Tonto Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:41 AM

    Shortages occur what ever this Minister handles. Earlier we had rice problems, now its drugs. Worse than the Medusa touch.

    Faqi Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:43 AM

    Lithium is used the world over for Bi-Polar disorder as a mood stabilizing drug. There will be so many problems if the patients who are being treated with this drug has no access to it. In other words it would be a "mad house" Bi-Polar people have such mood swings where they could be very violent and destructive.

    crazy Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:30 AM

    Some politician may say to substitute with ginger(inguru).


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