Minister refutes media reports on anti-cancer medicine issue
Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday stressed (13) that the Health Ministry has not given any recommendation to obtain any anti-cancer medicine at a high price. He said that this matter is to be discussed on Wednesday (15) and no such discussion has been done so far.
The Minister said that the reports published in some media that the Health Ministry has recommended to get cancer drugs at higher prices while it is possible to get cancer drugs at the lowest prices are false.
Rambukwella said that although the Foreign Affairs Ministry had formally announced to give Rs.500 million for the purpose, only Rs. 100 million has been received.
The Minister said that the final decision regarding cancer drug prices will be taken by a Committee consisting of a representative of the Auditor General, a representative of the Treasury and the Secretary of the Ministry.
The Minister said that the final decision regarding cancer drug prices will be taken by a committee consisting of a representative of the Auditor General, a representative of the Treasury and the Ministry Secretary.
He said that some people in certain organizations try to publish what they want in the media based on certain connections. He said that they are working on this field with great difficulty. “One should be more careful when publishing something about the health sector as it is more sensitive to the people.
“After the Treasury gives money for taxes, pensions and welfare, the next priority is given to the health sector. Under such circumstances, I do not see it as a suitable situation to bring such false and hateful statements to places like health and industry.
He said that he heard media reports saying that there is a problem with the CT scan machine at the Colombo National Hospital. “I’m not saying that the health sector is running smoothly without issues . We are implementing some programs to address issues,” he said