Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena will present the National Drug Policy to President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (10) to, with a view to putting an end to the operations of the drug mafia in the country.
A Health Ministry Spokesman said that handing over of the National Drug Policy coincides with the National Health Week commencing from today.
He said that the drug mafia in the country had sabotaged Minister Sirisena’s attempts to implement the Prof. Senaka Bibile Drug Policy which was not implemented for the past 50 years.
“ After handing over the bill to the President, it will next be sent to Cabinet for approval. Once Cabinet clears the bill, it will be presented in Parliament,” he further said.
The National Drugs Policy is an essential part of Sri Lanka's Health Policy, aimed at the rational use of pharmaceuticals.
In 2005 the United People's Freedom Alliance Government promised to establish a National Medicinal Drugs Policy (NMPD) that would enable Sri Lankans significantly to cut down on drug expenses and get quality drugs at affordable prices while saving billions of Rupees in foreign exchange for the country. It's anticipated that the implementation of the NMDP could reduce the number of drugs imported, prescribed and sold in Sri Lanka to about 350 varieties.