The Aruna newspaper reports that a further 100,000 PPE outfits have been ordered from the same private company that provided 100,000 sub-standard PPEs earlier.
The contract has been awarded by the State Ministry for Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation.
According to the news report, the Medical Supplies Division of the Ministry of Health has granted approval to a request made by the company to provide unsanitized gloves. PPE standards require the provision of sanitized gloves. It also should include KN95 masks, good quality body protection suit etc.
However, several doctors and health workers around the island had notified the Medical Supplies Division earlier, that the PPE stock previously provided by this company were not fit for use.
The sub-standard PPEs have been given ahead by the Technical Evaluation Committee of the Ministry of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation as well.
State Minister Channa Jayasumana stated that the PPEs in question were given for the use of health staff engaged in Covid-19 vaccination drives.
Health Ministry sources state that this private company is part of a group that was earlier embroiled in a cancer vaccine scandal during the Yaha Palanaya government.
More than 12,000 PPEs are required daily for use in hospitals around the country.
Secretary to the Ministry, Consultant Physician Dr. Saman Ratnayake stated that the decision to obtain the PPEs from this company was taken due to the shortage of supplies at present.