At least 140 types of essential medicines are completely out of stock in state hospitals, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said .
GMOA Spokesperson Dr. Chamil Wijesinghe said Cetirizine, Paracetamol, basic drugs prescribed for flu and breathing difficulties, simple antibiotics and painkillers are unavailable at government hospitals.
A patient from the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle said that medicines for cancer cannot be found anywhere. Meanwhile, another patient who visited the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital said the doctors give prescriptions to buy medicines from pharmacies. “We don’t have enough money,” she said.
Private pharmacy operators also pointed out that medicines are in short supply. The All Ceylon Medicine Distributors Association alleged that the Government has failed to import essential medicines.