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Thursday, 20 November 2014 23:14

Health Ministry imports 5.4 million bottles of saline

Published in Budget - 2015

The Health Ministry had imported 5,432,704 bottles of saline to meet the local requirement in 2013 at a cost of 271 million rupees, Deputy Health Minister Lalith Dissanayake said in Parliament today.


Responding to a question raised by UNP Matara District MP Buddhika Pathirana, the Deputy Minister said that saline had not been manufactured in Sri Lanka.

 

Minister Dissanayake said: “The government had invited investors for the purpose of producing saline. The investors had been confronted with the problem that in case their production exceeding the local requirement they would have to sell their surplus in foreign market of which the competition was high.”


The government had received several investment proposals but the problem of sending the surplus abroad still remained, the deputy minister added. (Special Reporter/HC)