The issues faced by some hospitals due to shortage in pharmaceuticals and equipment required for dialysis for kidney patients will be resolved soon, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella assured today.

The Minister told Parliament that the issues have arisen due to the obstacles in the procuring process where court orders have also been an obstacle in certain instances.

The Minister said this while responding to a question by MP Dayasiri Jayasekara, who said that some hospitals including Kuliyapitiya and Galgamuwa hospitals face serious issues due to shortages in equipment required for dialysis. 

“Kidney patients are dying due to this issue. This is due to an administrative issue of the Health Ministry. There is a serious issue in procuring equipment through tender procedures,” he said.

The Minister said there is truth in what the MP said and assured swift action to resolve them. 

“The issue will be resolved soon. There is a procedural issue in the procurement process,” he said.

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella