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The Government has decided to suspend the order placed to purchase 1,080 tonnes of liquid oxygen from India, required for the next three weeks.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Dr. R. M. Saman Kusumsiri Ratnayake, Secretary to the State Ministry of Drug Production, Supply and Regulation said the decision was taken considering the significant decline in the number of oxygen dependent patients at present.

“The Government had initially planned to procure 360 tonnes of oxygen per week to meet the oxygen shortage which prevailed at that time,"

"Accordingly, we have put on hold a stock of 1,080 tonnes of liquid oxygen required for the next three weeks,” he underscored.

“The daily consumption of oxygen, which was around 135 tonnes a month ago, has now reduced to 70 tonnes,” he said.

At the same time, Dr. Ratnayake said there are only 560 patients who are oxygen-dependent at present which was over 1000 earlier.

“Sri Lanka now can meet the oxygen requirement from locally produced companies. However, if and when the need rises for oxygen, we will take measures to cancel the suspension and purchase them accordingly,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 14

  • vithura Tuesday, 28 September 2021 10:08 PM

    Currency strapped, perhaps is the reason.

    Rohini Dias Tuesday, 28 September 2021 11:01 PM

    It is about safety not about currency.

    Angry Ex Navy Tuesday, 28 September 2021 11:57 PM

    You don’t give a toss for the lives of Sri Lankan public but your only purpose is to defend India in every situation. You either work for them or an idiot born to Sri Lankan parents. Daily Mirror always giving you the platform to do so.

    Diplomatic Tuesday, 28 September 2021 10:26 PM

    The word suspend seems like offensive terminology to describe a friendly trading arrangement.

    Jeyantha Tuesday, 28 September 2021 11:03 PM

    You inhale the Indian Oxygen and become ill soon.

    Dr Nadaraja PhD, Washington State, USA Tuesday, 28 September 2021 10:34 PM

    At last the Sri Lankan government has realised the risk involved in buying oxygen from India. Life depends on oxygen and it has to be 100% pure and not contaminated even by an iota amount. If Sri Lanka needs , it could procure oxygen from North America or Western Europe without any safety worries.

    Cugan Wednesday, 29 September 2021 12:28 AM

    Dr Padaraja Get real at that time we.we're desperate only easy access from India,only the reason we don't need that much as anticipated,India is well advanced they don't need to rely for another country,they got resources,grow up you .....need rice,medicine,turmeric,onion......

    kumar Wednesday, 29 September 2021 07:42 AM

    Not sure this fake profiler knows the meaning of PhD. He suggests procuring oxygen from North America

    Dilshan Perera Wednesday, 29 September 2021 12:15 AM

    Nadarajahs PhD is worth garbage with the nonsense he speaks!

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 29 September 2021 08:59 AM

    Be careful, the opposition may be waiting to start protests again to spread coronavirus. Some threats have already being made in the TV. Those teachers are still not working too .Government should stop paying salaries to those teachers.

    Lion Wednesday, 29 September 2021 09:13 AM

    This is good. Now we can buy western made oxygen which is far superior and has been scientifically proven also.

    mani Wednesday, 29 September 2021 09:16 AM

    talk of purity of Indian oxygen, but free Covishield is OK, $500M for purchasing petrol is OK

    vidura Wednesday, 29 September 2021 09:17 AM

    May be the commissions were not enough

    sunil Wednesday, 29 September 2021 09:17 AM

    Chinese may have offered more commissions

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