Ministry of Healthcare and Indigenous Medical Services


Name of Cabinet Minister:
Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi
Eighth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka
Office of the Cabinet of Ministers - Sri Lanka
Ministry Website:

Formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects; in relation to subject of Health and Indigenous Medical Services and the subjects of the departments, statutory institutions, laws and regulations under the purview of Ministry of Healthcare and Indigenous Medical Services

Management of all hospitals and staff employed therein (other than those under Provincial Councils)

Expansion of training opportunities required for the enhancement of quality and skills of medical and para-medical services

Administration and personnel management of Sri Lanka Medical Service

Matters relating to national health insurance programme

Regulation of quality, standard and pricing of private hospitals, charitable medical institutions and medical centres, laboratories and pharmacies in accordance with a policy relating to quality high standard and pricing

Adoption of necessary measures for the control, prevention and cure of epidemic, communicable and non-communicable diseases

Implementation of rules and regulations in relation to international quarantine and sanitation

Formulation and implementation of policies required for the maintenance of public health services at a high standards and in a people friendly manner

Adopting methodologies and providing facilities and other related matters for the manufacture and distribution of drugs of high quality in an efficient manner and taking speedy measures for the import of drugs through transparent procurement process

Implementation of school health activities and dental medical services for children

General sanitation and railway services sanitation

Matters relating to healthcare in estate sector

Matters relating to National Blood Transfusion Services

Management and Organization of all Department and services at scheduled teaching hospitals and liaison with related Higher Institute of Medical Education

Introducing new strategies for expanding research opportunities in the Field of Health Care

Implementing the programme for the provision and distribution of Thriposha and nutritious food particularly for nursing mothers

Formulation and implementation of programmes to improve public health and nutrition

Conservation and improvement of traditional systems of medicine

Production of Ayruvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy medicinal drugs

Import, sale and distribution of raw material and manufactured drugs required for Ayruvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy systems of medicine

Establishment and management of hospitals, research and training institutes and pharmaceutical outlets for the improvement of indigenous systems of medicines, such as, Ayruveda, Siddha, Unani

Regulation of export of medicinal plants and manufactured Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani drugs

Regulation of Ayurvedic drug manufacturers

Launch of projects in coordination with relevant institutions in relation to promotion of medicinal plant cultivation and improvement of local medicinal drugs

Registration of Ayurvedic product manufacturers, Ayurvedic Practitioners and Ayurvedic paramedical personnel

Establishment, operation and promotion of Ayurvedic Hospitals, Ayurvedic Research Institutes, Training Institutes and Pharmacies

Administration and personnel management of Indigenous Medical Service and ensuring international recognition of the Indigenous Medical service

Provision of higher education opportunities for Ayurvedic Practitioners

Development and regulation of Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy systems of medicine and launch of programmes to incentivize medical officers providing indigenous medical services and upgrading their facilities

Adopting measures to achieve sustainable development goals in relation to the health service

Coordinating 1990 Suwaseriya Ambulance Service

Supervising all institutions under the purview of Ministry of Healthcare and Indigenous Medical Services and matters relating to all subjects assigned to such institutions.

Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe(Secretary to the Ministry of Healthcare and Indigenous Medical Services)