Dec 13, 2020

Pavithra yet to sign gazette imposing price control of face masks  Featured

Although the Ministry of Health has announced that a gazette notification will be issued to control the price of face masks, it is reported that the Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi is yet to sign it. 

It is said that the price of facemasks is currently under control due to the National Drug Regulatory Authority (NMRA) issuing licenses for large scale importation of facemasks.

It is further said that permission has been granted to import 130 million face masks in the months of November and December alone.

The NMRA has already sent the details of importers and the stock sizes to the Controller of Imports and Exports, reports add.

However, Sri Lanka Customs say that between 130 million face masks were imported from March - October 2020, in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. 
However, after approved importers brought in substandard face masks from countries such as China and Hong Kong, the NMRA was even compelled to publish newspaper advertisements to create public awareness.

6m masks discarded daily

Meanwhile, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that about six million face masks are discarded on a daily basis.

The Ministry of Health and the Central Environmental Authority have issued a series of guidelines to local authorities regarding the collection and disposal of face masks.