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Sri Lanka hospitals issue SOS as vital drugs, equipment run out

Doctors warn deaths could exceed COVID and other disasters combined

Sri Lankan government health workers protest over the lack of critical supplies near the national hospital in Colombo on April 6.   © AP

COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka is facing a fresh crisis amid its unfolding economic disaster, with hospitals sounding the alarm over critical shortages of life-saving drugs and equipment due to rapidly dwindling foreign currency reserves.

The country continues to suffer severe shortfalls of food and other essentials ranging from fuel to electricity. But health experts caution that the emergency in the medical system could drive an escalation in deaths, if immediate steps are not taken to replenish supplies.

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