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Wednesday December 8th, 2021
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Sri Lanka State Pharmaceutical Corporation chairman steps down

Dr Prasanna Gunasena (c) accepting a consignment of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – Image credit: facebook.com/doctorprasannagunasena

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka State Pharmaceutical Corporation Chairman Dr Prasanna Gunasena has decided to step down from the position.

Gunasena was appointed as SPC chairman on December 22, 2019.

Gunasena took a leading role in the country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout with regard to the importation of vaccines under SPC purview in early 2021.

“I have a health issue. It is a kind of leave [that I’m taking],” Gunasena told EconomyNext on Friday (22).

SPC Managing Director Lalith Jayakody had also handed his resignation to the authorities on Wednesday (20) informing that he will be resigning on November 15.

“Lalith will not stay if I am not there, because he’s also there on a voluntary service because of our friendship,” Gunasena said.

Gunasena’s resignation is the latest in a series of top level departures from the bureaucracy.  Among these were Consumer Affairs Authority Executive Director Thushan Gunawardena, and Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) Chairman Dr Jatal Mannapperuma. (Colombo/Oct22/2021)

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