The COPE Committee recently revealed that the computer software system designed to manage medical supplies is not functioning properly.
Many facts were revealed when officials representing the State Pharmaceutical Corporation of Sri Lanka (SPC) were summoned before the COPE Committee to discuss the current acute shortage of drugs in government hospitals and the measures taken to overcome the shortage and the current performance.
The development of the afore mentioned software system started in 2008 and although it has been in use since 2015, at the moment it is not working as required, the officials of the Pharmaceutical Corporation revealed in the committee.
e-wis has developed the system and has paid around Rs. 644 million to set it up, which will pay them Rs. 5 million a month for its maintenance and The former Secretary to the Ministry of Drug Regulation further stated that an estimate of Rs. 7,000 Million has been submitted for the further development of the system.
Speaking at the event, COPE Chairman Prof. Charitha Herath said in a public appeal to the youth of the country, “7000 million will not go this way and I openly invite anyone to create software to manage medical supplies.”