JICA extends more support to procure medicines to Sri Lanka

JICA extends more support to procure medicines to Sri Lanka

JICA extends more support to procure medicines to Sri Lanka

Written by Zulfick Farzan

30 Sep, 2022 | 3:45 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – JICA has decided to provide additional support to procure medicine, responding to serious medicine shortages in Sri Lanka

JICA will provide additional support to procure medicine as part of the “Project for Strengthening COVID-19 Response”.

Original Input from JICA for this project was to provide Rs.300mn worth essential equipment for the base hospitals in Teldeniya, Warakapola, Walikanda, Pimbura, Nawalapitiya, Hingurakgoda, Karawanella, and Avissavella (for mainly treatment) and District General Hospital Hambantota (for particularly PCR tests) and to provide online training, for strengthening capacities in the preparedness and development for diagnostics and treatment services to combat infectious diseases including COVID-19.

JICA has decided to provide additional support to procure medicine under this project, responding to the serious medicine shortages in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is still facing serious shortages of medicine due to the ongoing crisis. Some hospitals need to suspend their surgeries because of lack of medicines and surgical equipment. 

The prices of medicines are rapidly increasing, which are mostly imported but unable to import because of the current situation in Sri Lanka. WHO says that the health care system at the national level suffers from shortage of 121 essential medicines as of September 2022. JICA hopes that the additional procurement of medicine contributes to mitigate the serious impact on the health services.

The year 2022 marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sri Lanka.

The Government of Japan as well as JICA have been supporting the Sri Lankan healthcare system for a long time and will continue the cooperation in this sector for further upgrade of quality of medical services and the hospital system in Sri Lanka.

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