The Health Ministry in a surprising move has barred the sale of wheat flour based food items in the cafeterias of all government hospitals.
The Ministry last week barred the sale of short eats in the canteens of government schools.
A Ministry spokespersonn quoted in the media saying that Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena arrived at decision to encourage the consumption of wheat flour based food items, which is considered to lack proper nutritional values.
The decision is to be implemented in government hospitals with immediate effect. Therefore, bread, buns, cake and other short eats prepared with wheat flour would be barred from the hospital cafeterias.
The government last month announced that wheat flour prices would be increased to promote the consumption of rice and other nutritious food among the people.