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Sri Lanka: Doctors scramble for basic medicines as economic crisis engulfs nation

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 12 April 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o968
  1. Kamala Thiagarajan
  1. Tamil Nadu

Doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers from Sri Lanka’s public health services took to the streets of Colombo on 6 April to protest the growing shortage of basic drugs and medical supplies amid the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

The protests came a day after the president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, elected in 2019 by a large margin, was forced to revoke a state of emergency that took effect on 1 April after his coalition government collapsed.

The order was meant to “ensure public security and order” but has failed to do so. Sri Lanka is battling huge debts and a severe dearth of foreign currency reserves which has left the government unable to pay for imports, triggering food …

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