Sri Lankan President orders release of Rs 1.8 billion from COVID-19 fund for import of essential drugs

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Amid Sri Lanka’s unprecedented economic crisis, its President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the release of Rs 1.8 billion from the COVID-19 Health and Social Security Fund for the importation of essential medicines. The President made the remarks during the discussion at his official residence in Colombo regarding issues of pressing concern in the area of ​​the health sector.

The president said funds that were donated by donors to control the coronavirus disease can be used for health needs as the COVID-19 outbreak is now under control, Colombo Page reported citing the media division Of the president. According to the statement, President Rajapaksa highlighted the possibility of rapidly increasing local pharmaceutical manufacturing and obtaining the necessary raw materials for this under the Indian line of credit.

There are 12 pharmaceutical investors in Oyamaduwa and the Millewa area of ​​Horana. Production at these factories is expected to begin in the coming months and has the potential to produce more than 200 types of drugs in these regions, officials said. The Sri Lankan President further said that the Ministry of Samurdhi and Education is planning to provide nutritious meals to primary school children and pregnant women.

Officials stressed that based on current progress in the health sector, it would return to normal within the next three months. Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, President’s Chief of Staff Anura Dissanayake, Finance Secretary Mahinda Siriwardena, Ministry of Health Secretary SJS Chandragupta, Additional Secretary Saman Ratnayake and heads of line institutions in the ministry were also present. present at the discussion, according to Colombo. Page.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan president has instructed officials to maintain adequate stocks of all essential food items to avoid a shortage of goods. Gotabaya pointed out that this could prevent organized efforts by some businessmen to raise prices by artificially creating a shortage of goods and acting on people’s fears, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said some of the agricultural produce currently sent to the wholesale market should be made available directly to grocery stores. The Sri Lankan president said it would reduce the cost of transport and allow consumers to buy goods at lower prices and farmers to get higher prices.

Rajapaksa also instructed the Consumer Authority to take legal action against those who take advantage of the current situation and sell goods at unfair prices. Sri Lanka is mired in an economic and political crisis. Large-scale protests have been going on for months, leading to the ousting of former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. (ANI)

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