The Health Ministry said that there is a delay in bringing down the stock of medicines ordered under the Indian Loan Assistance Programme to Sri Lanka.
A senior official at the ministry said that more than 1,000 types of medicines valued at 50 million US Dollars were planned to be brought to the country.
Therefore, the ministry said the shortage of medicines continues to persist.
Meanwhile, the ministry said that the country is also scheduled to receive 4 million US Dollars worth of medicines and equipment from the World Health Organization.
In the meantime, many associations of health professionals including the Government Medical Officers Association pointed out that there is a serious risk of breakdown in treatment services due to the acute shortage of medicines.