Rajitha tells US envoy govt. determined to implement national drug policy


By Don Asoka Wijewardena  

The Acting American Ambassador to Sri Lanka Andrew Mann paid a courtesy call on Health and Indigenous Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne yesterday. Ambassador Mann in conversation with Minister Senaratne.

Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, who met the Acting American Ambassador Andrew Mann in Colombo yesterday, confirmed that the government would implement the National Medicinal Drug Regulatory Authority Act within 100 days.

Minister Senaratne pointed out to the US envoy that since successive governments had striven to develop the free health services in the country, Sri Lanka had been able to have impressive health indicators among the countries in South Asia.

Non-availability of drugs, medical equipment, wards for stroke patients and surgical equipment had rendered the health sector unable to cater to the growing public demand for health care, Dr. Senaratne said.

Dr. Senaratne stressed that the Indigenous Medicine sector would be developed to cater to the medical needs of the people and health tourism would be duly promoted in order to attract more tourists into the country.

The Acting American Ambassador to Sri Lanka Andrew Mann told the Minister that the United States and Sri Lanka had been maintaining cordial relations for many years. The American government was proud of Sri Lanka which had achieved high health care indicators in South Asia. The American government would never hesitate to assist Sri Lanka in transferring new medical technology, the envoy said.

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