Inquire into Paracetamol purchase
Feb 14, 2011 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena today instructed Health Secretary Dr. Ravindra Ruberu to inquire into the purchase of 100 million Paracetamol tablets from the open market after the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) mysteriously delayed supplying the required stocks.
A Health Ministry spokesman said the minister had decided to even call in the CID to investigate the matter after Dr. Ruberu presented his report.
“The matter came to light after the health ministry received several complaints about a countrywide shortage of Paracetamol tablets at state hospitals during the past few weeks,” the spokesman said.
He said the Minister had instructed officials and the Kurunegala Provincial Director of Health Services to send a report on the shortage of Paracetamol at the Mawathagama Base Hospital last week.
The spokesman said preliminary investigations had revealed that the SPC had failed to supply the required quantity of Paracetamol required by the Medical Supplies Division (MSD) and thus leading to the shortage.