Minister strongly denies claims of acute drug shortage.
Sri Lanka had to close down the country many times to prevent Covid-19 spreading
Only a fraction of ITUKAMA fund has been used so far.
Earlier two consignments of medicine were donated by India and France.
Sri Lanka's pharmaceuticals suppliers are hit by payment delays and are also facing regulatory delays
France has gifted Sri Lanka anesthetics and respiratory medications worth 300,000 Euros
"We are unable to support the dengue prevention programs that are being implemented by the authorities"
Sri Lanka facing two key drug shortage which are needed for heart patients and anti-rabies vaccine
Pharma companies who paid in dollars were badly hit after the rupee depreciation
It will be mandatory for people over 60 years of age and will be optional for people between 20 to 60 years.
Data show dengue patients on the rise amid health authorities struggle to control dengue mosquito
Already doctors individually and collectively have appealed from donors and Sri Lankan expatriates to send drugs
Wijewantha refused to divulge the recommended rate of increase.
The directive will be effective midnight Thursday, he said.
The total deaths from the pandemic have recorded 16,485
A private sector source said conditions are worsening for private sector importers.
"It was renewed within the day, and operations are being carried out as usual,” he said.
Jaishankar is currently in Sri Lanka on an official visit.
Psychologists say that the mental side effects of the initial lockdowns seem to be manifesting only now.
"It is important that people take the vaccine without any delay to safeguard themselves and others," said Ginige.
Munasinghe said petrol burns are more severe than kerosene burns.
"Lack of sensitivity of the Public Service Commission to health care issues is a major factor in health struggles."
"We are always on alert about the global situation and the epidemiology unit will take adequate measures."
"No one should think that due to this decrease, the pandemic is now over," he said.
Health workers also demand that the government name the health profession a closed service
"Due to not having a clear idea about how the virus works, the health authorities had to take certain measures."