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SPC incurs Rs.190 mn. loss due to defective medicines

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The State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) of Sri Lanka has suffered a loss of over Rs.190 million in 2020 and 2021 due to quality failure, expiration and damage of some of the medicinal drugs purchased, a report issued by the National Audit Office said.

According to the report, a stock of medicinal drugs worth more than Rs.210 million from the medicinal drugs purchased as of January 1, 2021 was either expired or damaged.

The Audit Office said that out of the medicinal drugs purchased by the SPC in 2021, a stock worth nearly Rs.130 million has been identified as defective, expired and damaged.

It said that more than Rs.20 million is yet to be collected from the suppliers for a stock of medicines worth over Rs.40 million which were identified as defective in 2020 and 2021.

In the meantime, the SPC had kept 28 containers related to 28 indents imported in 2021 and 2022 in a private warehouse for six months from August 20, 2021 to February 21, 2022. The SPC has paid more than Rs.48.2 million for the warehouse, but this additional cost incurred by the corporation had not been reimbursed from the Medical Supplies Division.

The audit report showed that the SPC had to store these stocks of medicines in a private warehouse due to the lack of storage facilities in the Medical Supplies Division’s warehouse complex.

This audit report was attached in the 2021 Annual Report of the SPC which was recently submitted to Parliament.

(Newsradio)

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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