In a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Julie Chung on Friday (17), Health Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella revealed that a new procurement process has been successfully implemented in Sri Lanka’s health sector. The minister expects this program to increase efficiency and transparency in the procurement process for the future.
According to the minister, the previous procurement process was too time-consuming and required 18 approvals. The new process, which includes input from relevant professionals, has significantly reduced this time.
Furthermore, the minister emphasized that the new procurement process places greater importance on quality and storage security. To ensure that the quality of medicines is not compromised, the ministry has calculated demand and supply for the next five years during the ordering process.
Finally, the minister requested support to obtain essential medicines for cancer, heart disease, and kidney patients. With the new procurement process in place, the minister hopes to provide the necessary medication to those in need.