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Critical shortage of pharmaceutical drugs in Govt. hospitals – GMOA

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has warned of a crisis situation in the health sector as state hospitals across the island undergo a critical shortage in essential pharmaceutical drugs.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told RepublicNext that essential drugs including drugs given to cancer patients at Mahararagama Apeksha Hospital are facing a shortage, he said.

“There have been shortages in pharmaceutical drugs before, especially in the recent past. But the situation has gotten worse now,” he said.

“It is very unfortunate that there are shortages of essential drugs – some of them life-saving ones – in government hospitals. As of yesterday, there are shortages in a number of hospitals including the Matara General Hospital, Ampara General Hospital and especially Maharagama Apeksha Hospital,” he added.

The GMOA Secretary further said that in addition to the shortage of drugs, the quality of certain drugs given to the patients is also questionable.

“There shortage has affected hospitals across the country. We hope to go to different hospitals and inform the media on other hospitals that are in short of medicine. Tomorrow we will visit the Kegalle General Hospital,” he said.

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