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Rajitha blames GMOA for medicines shortage

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has blamed the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) should share the blame for the shortage of medicine. According to Senaratne the shortage was caused due to the political coup which lasted for 53 days. 
 
The Minister made this statement while addressing a gathering held during the foundation-stone laying ceremony for a three-storey building at the Pottuvil Base Hospital.
 
The minister further said the Health Ministry functioned in accordance with the instructions of the GMOA during the 53-day political crisis, hence the association is responsible for the medicine shortage.
 
Minister Senaratne assured that steps have already been taken to overcome the existing medicine shortage at the hospitals across the country. Stating that overcoming the drug shortage and restoring the situation takes a long period of time, he said the prices of 73 essential drugs have already been reduced and prices of 27 more essential drugs would be slashed in the future.

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