Is Sri Lanka at the Verge of a Medicine Crisis?

Is Sri Lanka at the Verge of a Medicine Crisis?
Sri Lanka might be out of essential medicine in two months, says Sri Lankan minister. Source: The World Bank

16-01-2022

Malene Solheim

Sri Lanka and Human Rights Researcher, 

Global Human Rights Defence.

For weeks now, Sri Lanka has been short on food. Now, an equally pressing matter is affecting the country. Sri Lanka might enter a crisis of drug shortage, claims Dr Ratnayake, Secretary to the State Ministry of Drug Production, Supply and Regulation. 

The possible shortage is due to the economic crisis following the COVID-19 pandemic that caused a shortage of foreign exchange. Dr Ratnayake states that as of now they are not short on drugs, but as the economic crisis worsens it might get more difficult to get a hold of enough drugs. He further claims that they are doing everything in their power to prevent a similar crisis in the future. Now, efforts are being done to portion the remaining drugs to patients who need them the most. 

Sri Lankans now fear that with food and drug shortage, life will get more challenging in the coming months. 

Sources and further reading:

No bread, no power and soon no medicines - Sri Lanka braces for possible drug shortage, 14 January 2022,  https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/no-bread-no-power-and-soon-no-medicines-sri-lanka-braces-possible-drug-shortage 

Sri Lanka braces for possible drug shortage, 14 January 2022, https://www.dailymirror.lk/latest_news/Sri-Lanka-braces-for-possible-drug-shortage/342-229024