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Newly appointed Health Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said he expects to make some crucial and timely changes in terms of policies and individuals in the health sector.

He made this remark at a news briefing held at the health ministry yesterday (24) after he assumed duties as the Health Minister.

“As we are aware, the healthcare in Sri Lanka is confronted with a spate of challenges triggered by the recent economic crisis. Although several issues have been addressed, there is a lot to be fixed. Therefore, the support of all stakeholders is vital in the pursuit of putting things in order,”

Besides, he said, “I am determined to make relevant changes in the sector as it was required. As such, both structural and individual changes will be made in the long run.”

When asked what actions are to be taken to compensate those who died due to adverse reactions to drugs in the recent past, the minister stated that he needs a little bit of time to study the incidents.

“I guarantee that I will attend to each and every matter that has challenged the health sector and take remedies accordingly,” Dr. Pathirana added. 

 

 


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  • DW Wednesday, 25 October 2023 06:55 AM

    I wonder how many direct and indirect threats the minister has already received from the powerful, selfish figures from the already corrupt health ministry.

    Mizaru Wednesday, 25 October 2023 07:16 AM

    A new broom trying to sweep, they wear away soon when the $$$ are shown. We know all these fellows. We are not born again.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Wednesday, 25 October 2023 07:57 AM

    Thats what happens when correct person is sppointed to the appropriate position. Lets see. This country has gone to dogs due to the appointment of well known rouges indiscriminately to important positions for mere political gains.

    Dee Wednesday, 25 October 2023 08:15 AM

    The unions might throw you out. Also the ‘majority’ will call for ‘immediate elections’ !

    joshua Wednesday, 25 October 2023 08:25 AM

    Yes that is Good. But we will never be satisfied until your Minsitry takes action against the Keheliya. I know it will not happen.

    DOT Wednesday, 25 October 2023 08:28 AM

    Be genuine! Fair enough!

    Bandu Wednesday, 25 October 2023 08:52 AM

    Many are these vows of Ministers broken that we have seen in the past. They always say this at the beginning till they fall into the rut.

    Dr. A.P. Jayasinghe Wednesday, 25 October 2023 08:53 AM

    Hope the new Health Minister will handle the Health Ministry well 1000 times better than Kehliya Rambukwella and look into the plight of the patients.

    Prof. M. P. Nanayakara Wednesday, 25 October 2023 08:56 AM

    Since he is well educated and also a Doctor, he will improve the Health Services in our country. But he must remove all the corrupted Officers who were supporting Rambukwella and paving ways for him to loot and cheat the masses with inferior quality medicines from India for high cost.

    Prof. K.M. Vellupillai Wednesday, 25 October 2023 08:58 AM

    No doubt Dr. Ramesh Pathirana will do good for the Health services as he is one of the brainy minister in the Parliament. Good luck Ramesh.

    Dr. K.A.D. Ratnayake Wednesday, 25 October 2023 09:00 AM

    Dr. Pathirana, please look in to all the secret lootings done by the former Health Minister with his men in the Health Ministry. Wipe out all the rubbish bunch in the Health Department before you start your mission.

    Grace Wednesday, 25 October 2023 09:12 AM

    Hope more Mal Salawa will not be opened near government hospitals.

    Jayantha Wednesday, 25 October 2023 09:27 AM

    Just a talker. Not capable of doing anyting. I met a family recently from his hometown and he said so many pithalls exists few meteres away from his home in the main road towards hospital and he has not done anything to get it repaired for years. Serious conditions Patients may even die with those large pithalls according to him. Now talking nonsense. Lol

    mp Wednesday, 25 October 2023 09:55 AM

    Although I am thoroughly disgusted with this government, I hope the new Health Minister could be the best HM ever in SL. Not only is a medical doctor he seems to be a gentleman.

    Nilmini Welivita Wednesday, 25 October 2023 10:33 AM

    As long as you kill less children unlike your predecessor the president will be happy. This president does not have high standards.

    Natalie Nanayaka Wednesday, 25 October 2023 10:36 AM

    Same circus different clown. Just obey the drug mafia and you will be ok. You president is under their thumb too.

    Jagath Ekanaya Wednesday, 25 October 2023 10:38 AM

    Of you step out of line with the drug mafia you will receive a call from Ranil.

    Roger D S Wednesday, 25 October 2023 10:48 AM

    Do a major overhaul by having meetings and discussions with those doctors who treat the public. They will know what immediate

    Suffering Patient Wednesday, 25 October 2023 10:55 AM

    IN THE FIRST PLACE, PLEASE TAKE ACTION TO BRING DOWN THE PRICES OF ALL DRUGS AS PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES CONTINUE TO MAKE UNCONSCIONABLE PROFITS. THE DOCTORS TOO FLEECE THE PATIENTS BY CONTINUOUSLY INCREASING THEIR CHARGES TO MAKE UP FOR THE INCREASED TAXES THAT THEY ARE COMPELLED TO PAY BY THE GOVERNMENT.

    T.j.Miskin Wednesday, 25 October 2023 10:59 AM

    Your father Richard Pathirana was not a bad politician. He kept a good reputation. Please keep up the good record of your good father.

    Roy Ratmalana Wednesday, 25 October 2023 11:05 AM

    Birds of same feathers flop together

    Ram Wednesday, 25 October 2023 02:12 PM

    GMOA is a menace and always watch their moves. Keep in mind slow and steady wins the race. Don't rush to make too many changes in a hurry. Dialogue with Stake holders is necessary as you have said

    System change needed Thursday, 26 October 2023 01:53 AM

    This is not governance but a family that looted and have become billionaires still living on the poor.Maharajano and his bother who bankrupted the country is maintained. ALL THIS BECAUSE HE PROVIDED PEOPLES MONEY TO FINISH TERRORISM. SEE HOW HIS SONS WHO ARE ALSO BILLIONAIRES LIVING HIGH. THIS LOT MUST BE THROWN OUT SOON

    Fred Friday, 27 October 2023 05:16 AM

    And doctors must keep patient records this is what happens overseas because history is everything.Since he is a doctor he will understand


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