The government is to import medicines in bulk for the Health Ministry without calling for tenders in order to curb corruption and fraud involved in the process.
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena addressing an event in Habarana has said the new programme will be launched within the next three months.
He has said that the high level of corruption by officials and companies involved in importing medicines to the country has resulted in a severe drug shortage in the country.
However, the Minister has said the new programme would address the drug shortage in the country as well.
Sirisena has observed that Presidential approval has been received to import essential drugs in bulk without following tender procedure.