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Rs.13 Bn arrears due to pharma manufacturers will be paid – Minister

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Health and Industries Minister Dr.Ramesh Pathirana told Parliament yesterday (12) that the Rs.13 billion arrears due to pharmaceutical manufacturers will be paid soon.

He was responding to a question by Colombo District Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP S.M.Marikkar.

The minister said that there is a shortage of nearly 60 medicines in the medical supply sector and medicines are being distributed to hospitals and separate provisions have been made to buy the medicines needed.

The minister said that 30 of the 60 medicines that are not available in the medical supply sector will be received within this month and provision has been made to the main hospitals to buy the medicines that are not available in the government, from the private sector as per the requirement.

The minister also said that Rs.110 billion was allocated for medical supplies last year and Rs.170 billion allocated this year. The Minister stated that tax money will be collected to maintain free education and health and the money will be used to buy essential medicines and other medicines.

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