COLOMBO (News 1st) – JICA decides to provide additional support for drug procurement in response to serious drug shortages in Sri Lanka
JICA will provide additional support for drug procurement as part of the “Project to Strengthen Countermeasures against Novel Coronavirus Infectious Diseases”.
The initial input from JICA to this project was from the base hospitals (mainly for curative) in Terdeniya, Warakapola, Warikanda, Pimbula, Nawalapitiya, Hinglakoda, Kalawanella and Abisabela and the District General Hospital Hambantota (especially for infectious diseases including Provides online training to strengthen capacity in the readiness and development of diagnostic and therapeutic services to combat malnutrition.
JICA has decided to provide additional support for drug procurement in this project in order to address the serious shortage of drugs in Sri Lanka.
Due to the ongoing crisis, Sri Lanka still faces severe shortages of medicines. Some hospitals have to suspend operations due to shortages of medicines and surgical instruments.
The price of pharmaceuticals is soaring, and most of them are imported, but in the current situation in Sri Lanka, they cannot be imported. According to WHO, as of September 2022, national health systems are short of 121 essential medicines. JICA hopes that the additional procurement of medicines will contribute to mitigating the severe impact on medical services.
The year 2022 will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sri Lanka.
The Japanese government and JICA have supported Sri Lanka’s medical system for many years, and will continue to cooperate in this field to further improve the quality of medical services and the hospital system in Sri Lanka.
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