Written by Zulfick Farzan
29 Mar, 2022 | 11:44 am
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Peradeniya Teaching Hospital has resumed surgeries after the Medical Supplies Division assured that the required medicines will be delivered.
Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar expressed his concern over the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital running short of medicines for surgeries.
“Disturbed to see this news. I am asking High Commissioner Baglay to contact and discuss how India can help,” he tweeted after a News 1st SMS alert was shared on Twitter by a social media user.
All scheduled surgeries at the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital were suspended with effect from Tuesday (29) due to the shortage of medicine.
Sources said that ONLY emergency surgeries will be carried out at the hospital.
Dr. R.M. Saman Kusumsiri Rathnayake, Secretary State Ministry of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals told News 1st that a delay from the supplier attributed to this situation, adding that one medicine required for surgeries is currently unavailable.
He said that the necessary measures were taken to procure the said medicine.
However, he said that the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital and several other hospitals are in possession of the medication, yet, the dosage is very low.
Following the Indian External Affairs Minister expressing concern, the Indian High Commissioner had spoken to the University of Peradeniya and inquired into the requirement of medicines to continue regular and scheduled surgeries.
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