There was a shortage of 319 essential and 324 other drugs in the Central Medical Stores, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) alleged today.
Addressing a news briefing, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said if the situation in the Central Medical Stores was so bad, the situation at hospitals in the entire country could be worse.
“There are issues with regard to the standard of drugs and also the severe shortage of drugs in government hospitals. Most of the hospitals are finding it difficult to provide optimum services in clinics, the OPD and in-house care, owing to this problem,” Dr. Aluthge said.
“The Health Ministry, which is under Minister Rajitha Senaratne has failed to deliver the best healthcare service to the people. This chaotic situation has put the lives of people in danger,” he added.
He said the Health Ministry appears to have imported substandard drugs to be given to pregnant women and children.
Several general hospitals have reported that there was a huge shortage of drugs prescribed for several diseases including drugs for heart patients.
Meanwhile, Dr. Aluthge said there was an alleged attempt to hide this situation by the officials including the Director of the Central Medical Stores, who is said to have been appointed through political influence. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Stop crying baby - GMOA, what steps GMOA have taken to minimise this negative situation other than complaining, Public not benefit with complain we need Solutions, don't you have back bone to negotiate with Health ministry and give solution to the problem
Dee Monday, 02 September 2019 05:56 PM
Adding to the misery, severe dearth of proper doctors in the country because all good ones have migrated and we are left with only GMOA members!
Hishan Monday, 02 September 2019 06:14 PM
GMOA has identified a problem, have you negotiate with responsible Authorities for solutions other than complaining, General Public need Solutions not complain
Kumar Monday, 02 September 2019 06:16 PM
If you say there is a shortage of 319 essential and 324 other drugs in the Central Medical Stores, can you please buy them out of the illegal money you members of the GMOA earn by fleeing the poor public.
If you all can't do it then shut up.
Buddhist Monday, 02 September 2019 07:07 PM
These GMOA officers should be taken into custody for making Fake Statements and also for putting the lives of sick due to their strikes.
ravin Monday, 02 September 2019 07:28 PM
Realy? what's the use of storing drugs when you'll go on frequent strikes?
Jaffna Logic Monday, 02 September 2019 07:36 PM
Apart from this fact that the drugs are in short supply at the hospitals, what anything else is making itself very obvious ? It is the fact that the drugs and not the doctors that is necessary and essential to human health. Any average person can be trained in six months to prescribe the drugs as all the information are sent by the pharmaceutical companies, and so to do this you don’t need an ARTIFICIAL FIVE year degree .
Gem Monday, 02 September 2019 07:42 PM
Were you on sabatical leave?
Mithula Monday, 02 September 2019 09:23 PM
You go and fly a kite.I am surprised how a guy who has no feelings became a doctor.Through your actions and strikes you and your donkey friends have caused enough problems for our poor sick people.
Roshanaly Tuesday, 03 September 2019 01:57 PM
Even GMOA has joined the election campaign.
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