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* Severe drug shortage in Sri Lanka hospitals affects treatment of patients
Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 09:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 30, Colombo: A trade union affiliated to Sri Lanka's health sector, the All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU) has said that the treatment of patients in hospitals island wide have been affected due to a shortage of medicinal drugs.

General Secretary of the Union, Gamini Kumarasinghe told the media that drugs to treat high blood pressure and heart diseases were not available in hospitals.

The union leader noted that although drug shortages are usually experienced during the end of the year, this time, the shortages are experienced at the beginning of the year.

He explained that the shortage of drugs was due to the lack of funds allocated by the government to the health sector for the purpose.

According to Kumarasinghe, although the government levies massive taxes on the people to use for development work and to maintain the health and education sectors, people depending on the state health sector has to purchase their medicines at high prices from the private sector.

Among the drugs that are in short supply in state sector hospitals according to the ACHSU are Ampicillin, Isoprenaline, Hydrocortisone, Dopamine, Calcium Gluconate, Tamiflu, Aldactone and Vitamin C, Aludrox, Losartan and many drugs for heart patients.

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