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Sri Lanka running out of medicine, doctors warn of death toll surpassing Covid

Sri Lanka is running out of almost all basic amenities such as food and fuel due to the current economic crisis. The doctors in the country have said that they are now running out of medicine as well.

The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) said that hospitals in the country no longer have access to imported medical tools and essential drugs.

“We are made to make very difficult choices. We have to decide who gets treatment and who will not,” the SLMA said in a statement. “If supplies are not restored within days, the casualties will be far worse than from the pandemic,” it added.

The neonatologists in the country have also made desperate pleas and have asked for help from their colleagues worldwide, according to a report in The Hindu.

“This is a critical message for colleagues overseas. Many things are lacking in our hospital set up, and we paediatricians and neonatologists are especially worried about the shortage of ET Tubes to ventilate newborn babies. Stocks would very soon run out,” said Dr. Saman Kumar in a message uploaded on YouTube.