Aug 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to implement a national policy on procuring medical equipment for the island wide hospitals.
The Ministry of Health will implement the national policy with the approval of the Treasury since next year, a spokesman of the Health Ministry said.
The government aims to minimize the waste of money through purchasing of medical equipment. Simplicity in use, easy maintenance, efficiency and productivity are the other major characteristics of the policy, the Ministry says.
At present the purchasing of medical equipment is carried out separately by the central government and the Provincial Councils.
The Ministry expects to implement a project based purchasing system for entire system of government hospitals.
The national policy also will focus on the distribution and storage of the drugs as well.
Health authorities were often criticized by the trade unions and civil organizations for the quality issues or the shortages of the medical equipment.