May 17, 2018

Rajitha to manufacture dye locally

The dye used to operate the PET scanner that was donated to the Maharagama Apeksha hospital, will be manufactured locally and a project in this regard would be initiated, said Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

He said this at the Cabinet press briefing held yesterday.

Responding to a question raised by a journalist whether the PET scanner is not being put to use because the unavailability of the dye, the minister noted that this dye was previously imported from India, but said that in the importation process almost 80% of the dye is destroyed.

However, he said that money has to be spent for the whole consignment, adding that as such measures would be taken to manufacture this dye locally instead of importing it. However, the minister noted that to meet the current requirement, measures would be taken to import it.