Sajith Premadasa draws attention to deficiencies in the health sector

Sajith Premadasa draws attention to deficiencies in the health sector

Written by Bella Dalima

15 Nov, 2014 | 10:12 pm

The expenditure heads of the Ministry of Health were debated on Saturday evening at the house of legislature.

UNP MP, Sajith Premadasa shared these views;

[quote]For a span of forty years, the Senaka Bibile policy was not implemented. Today, the bill and the policy is simply being postponed. The number of medications manufactured in Sri Lanka in 2006 was 47 and that number had dropped to eight as of 2010. The audit report of 2010 says that that 435 million rupees worth of medicine that was purchased was of low quality. When it was confirmed that the medicine was of low quality, they were distributed amongst over 81 percent of the patients. During the past six years, nineteeen thousand metric tonnes of medicine have been destroyed. Why? Because of the low quality. For decades, you have been given the step-motherly treatment by your own government, I hope that even after my speech, that will be stopped.[/quote]

Minister of Health, Maithripala Sirisena expressed these views:

[quote]I respect the former President Ranasinghe Premadasa. When he was the state leader, the drug policy that you say we have failed to implement, should have been implemented. However, we are aware that none of this happened during the father’s time and the son’s time as well. Our free health service has seen rapid developments. We named the year 2014, as the year where we will build a community free of drugs. The year 2015 will see a new page being turned in the health sector of the country.[/quote]

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