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‘People are going to die’: crisis-hit Sri Lanka runs out of medicine

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen, Devana Senanayake

31 May 2022 · 4 min read

Chandrapala Weerasuriya can’t remember when he last took his medication. The 67-year-old retired businessman, living in Sri Lanka’s Gampaha district, has always relied on a drug to keep at bay his hereditary nervous condition, which makes him dizzy and unable to walk.

But since his prescription recently ran out, he cannot get another supply. The drug is simply not available in Sri Lanka any more.

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