Health Ministry assures continuous provision of high quality Thriposha nutritional supplement
Sat, Oct 1, 2022, 10:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Oct 01, Colombo: Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that the Ministry of Health will take steps to continuously provide high quality Thriposha nutritional supplement to children and mothers.
The Ministry of Health points out that Sri Lanka is the only country in South Asia that provides such a nutritional supplement to children.
Minister Rambukwella said the government has paid high attention to continue the Thriposha program uninterrupted and will allocate the maximum funds from the Treasury for this purpose.
Health Minister disclosed these facts in a discussion conducted with a group of officials of the National People’s Power, including MP Dr. Harini Amarasuriya, who came to the Ministry of Health yesterday to investigate and discuss the recent reports regarding Thriposha program.
The Minister said that in addition to the government, some organizations have agreed to provide support of the private sector in procuring the raw materials for Thriposha and through this, steps have been taken to carry out the program to the fullest in the future.
The Minister further assured that there is no collapse of the Thriposha program in the country and all possible measures will be taken to prevent any interruption even though food inflation may occur in the current situation,.
Deepti Kularatne, Chairman of Sri Lanka Thriposha Company, speaking at the discussion said in the past, many programs were implemented to provide high-quality Thriposha and since the government uses more maize than other companies in the production of Thriposha, there may be an increase in the aflatoxin quantity.
He said the government production uses 66 percent of maize for Thriposha and other companies add other materials for that. He said that in the future, a new Thriposha product prepared by adding 50% maize and 50% rice will be launched and in addition to this, a nutritional supplement biscuit will be introduced to school students.
The chairman of Thriposha Company explained that the Thriposha given to children and mothers in the past days were recalled not because of the presence of aflatoxin, but the Thriposha packets that were about to expire through the normal process were recalled.
Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Health, , said Sri Lanka’s health sector is at a very high level compared to many countries in the world and has even received international acclaim as a country that pays special attention to community health and the nutritional status of children.
She explained that in a particular moth every year, data is collected on the height, weight, etc. of children under 5 years of age covering the entire country and the data collection covers 90% of the children in the country.
Dr. Somatunga said the program is not limited to data collection only but the necessary remedies are also applied.
The Additional Secretary also said that although in some countries the results of such surveys are limited to data collection, in Sri Lanka, the improvement in health indicators year after year show the quality of health care in the country.
NPP parliamentarian Dr. Harini Amarasuriya speaking at the discussion said the health sector of Sri Lanka is a service that is praised by the whole world and what is needed is to protect it.
She said especially the community health service in Sri Lanka is at a very high level and everyone in the health sector in this country is working with high commitment.
The MP said there is some controversy regarding Thriposha and the nutritional status of children and requested the Ministry to properly inform the people of the country as well as the information provided through this discussion.
Health Ministry Secretary Janaka Chandragupta, Deputy Director General (Environmental Health) Dr. Tilak Siriwardena, and a delegation of National People’s Power including Dr. Harini Amarasuriya, Member of Parliament also participated in this discussion.