As the entire economy has become sick and there has been a severe shortage of medicines, the doctors there have started making desperate appeals that 'citizens should avoid getting sick as much as possible or avoid accidents.
Doctors appeal in Sri Lanka due to acute drug shortage
News Agency, Colombo: As the entire economy has become sick and there has been a severe shortage of medicines, doctors have started making desperate appeals that 'citizens should avoid getting sick as much as possible or avoid accidents'.
The political and economic emergency in Sri Lanka has led to severe shortages of food and essential commodities, including fuel. There is also a shortage of medicines. Due to this, the public health system has been hit hard. In such a time, if the citizens fall ill, there will be no medicines to give them, so the medical sector is also weakened, and they are appealing to the citizens not to fall ill as much as possible.
Hasini Vasana, a 15-year-old girl, diagnosed with kidney disease, underwent a kidney transplant nine months ago. However, she needs to take immunosuppressive drugs to allow the body to adapt to the new kidney. It costs about two hundred dollars per month. So far, the hospital has provided these medicines to her free of cost. However, it was informed by the hospital that it is not possible to say when these medicines will be available. So now she could not get the medicines. Her father sold his house to pay for this treatment and took a job in the Middle East, But their income was bare. So now, the family is trying to raise funds through donations or other means to buy the necessary medicines.
Meanwhile, hospitals in Sri Lanka are also struggling to maintain an uninterrupted supply of medicines. Regarding this unprecedented situation, President of Sri Lanka Medical Association Samath Dharmaratne said, 'I can only explain that the citizens should not get sick, avoid accidents or need to go to hospitals for treatment unnecessarily. This is a serious situation.' So, due to a shortage of drugs, medicines are being provided only to serious patients, according to Dr Head of Kidney Hospital in Colombo. Given by Charles Nugavela. He has expressed concern that surgeries other than urgent ones will have to be stopped due to a shortage of medicines and other materials.