The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) has a new chairman in Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama.

He was appointed by health minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana today (31) at a meeting with the director board of the NMRA.

Dr. Wijewickrama joined the state service in 1992 and became a consultant physician in 2000.


Foreign travel ban


Meanwhile, three persons have been imposed with a foreign travel ban over the import of 22,500 substandard immunoglobulin vaccines by faking documents.

They are owner of the importing company Sugath Janaka Fernando alias ‘Aruna Deepthi’, NMRA’s chief executive director Dr. Vijith Gunasekara and director (supplies) at the Health Ministry Dr. Kapila Wickramanayake.

Maligakanda magistrate Lochana Abeywickrama yesterday imposed the ban upon considering submissions made by the Criminal Investigation Department.


COPA subcommittee instructions


In another development, a COPA subcommittee has instructed the University of Moratuwa to report on the information management system of the Health Ministry.

It has also advised a preparation of a timeframe to establish information management systems at 436 hospitals.

Such systems are already in place in 723 hospitals.


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