Distribute drugs to all hospitals efficiently – Minister

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has instructed relevant officials to pay their attention on the implementation of an efficient programme to distribute drugs to the hospitals through the local pharmaceutical manufacturinng factories.

The Minister said that according to the requirements of the respective hospitals, medicines and equipment should be directed to the hospitals without bringing them to the Medical Supplies Department under the supervision of the Medical Supplies Department.

This was revealed in a discussion held yesterday (28) at the Health Ministry regarding the current drug situation.

Health Ministry Secretary Janaka Chandragupta and a group of officials from the Ministry, a group of officials representing the Medical Supply Division, National Drug Regulatory Authority, State Pharmaceutical Corporation, Asian Development Bank also participated in that.

The minister instructed the officials to prepare a drug transport map covering the entire island and to do it with proper study.

Through direct distribution of drugs to hospitals by factories, many problems such as transportation costs, time taken, storage facilities etc. will be solved and in addition to this, it will be possible to identify the shortages of drugs in the hospital and distribute the drugs for that purpose.

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