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Supply crisis hits Sri Lanka’s health sector

Supply crisis hits Sri Lanka’s health sector

Colombo, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The Sri Lankan Government Medical Officers Association said that the country's health sector will face shortages in the coming weeks due to a decline in the supply of medicines caused by the economic crisis.
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The coordinator of the North-Western Province of the Medical Officers Association, Dr. Indika Ratnayake, said that with the current situation and the negative financial system, allocations for the health sector have been reduced, according to the Newsfirst website.

Ratnayake also pointed out that the main reason why medicines could not be imported is the acute shortage of foreign currency.

The current economic crisis makes it difficult to import medications, so there will be a great demand for pharmaceuticals.

The critical shortage of foreign exchange is keeping Sri Lanka struggling to service its huge foreign debt of $51 billion, while the Covid-19 pandemic has hampered vital income from tourism and remittances from abroad.

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