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Essential drug stock alert tracker in provincial department of Health Services Western Province


R. A. D. L. M. K. Ranwala ,

RDHS Office, Colombo, LK
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N. K. V. Nanayakkara,

PDHS Office, Western Province, LK
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M. R. Sheriff

National Institute of Mental Health, Angoda, LK
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The health indices in Sri Lanka are well above the regional health indices, which can be partly attributed to the free health care system. However, lack of pharmacy supplies in government health institutions, especially in divisional hospitals, is a major complaint from the general public. Health care institutions under the purview of Provincial Director of Health Services (PDHS) receive pharmacy items from the Regional Medical Supplies Division (RMSD). Some of the reasons for shortage of pharmacy items are poor communication between RMSD and health institutions, mal-distribution of items at RMSD and actual drug shortage. Currently there is no manual or electronic mechanism to monitor the "institution’s essential drugs status" at any level, resulting in difficulty to replenish stocks in a timely manner.


The objective of this system is to alert the health care institutional heads and regional/provincial administrators about essential drug status and to effectively mobilize the available drugs.


A Web based system was designed with a simple data entry format and color code system. A dashboard facilitates the visualization of the available stock with green (satisfactory), yellow (reorder), red (zero stock). User levels in the system include institution, RMSD, Regional and Provincial levels. Currently 26 essential drug items are monitored by the system.


Before implementing the system, there were 38 occasions (11.73%) of zero stock level for any of the 26 essential drugs in Divisional hospitals. In 66(20.37%) occasions the drugs were at low stock level. This has improved to 1.54% and 8.02% respectively as at April 2016.


Both Knowledge and Practices for a preparedness of a chemical hazard were not adequate. Some key factors were significantly associated with service duration and teaching subject at school of study subjects. Policy guidelines to assess the disaster drills, training programmes ensuring attendance of all school population are recommended. Coordinated assistance from Disaster Management Centre and health sector should be arranged.
How to Cite: Ranwala, R.A.D.L.M.K., Nanayakkara, N.K.V. & Sheriff, M.R., (2017). Essential drug stock alert tracker in provincial department of Health Services Western Province. Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine. 3, p.E 13. DOI:
Published on 03 Jan 2017.
Peer Reviewed


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