Karachi pharmaceutical companies ship free drugs worth Rs 25million to Afghanistan

Keeping their promise to support and help the neighboring country, pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan have started providing free medicine to Afghanistan.

Two containers of drugs worth Rs 25 million left Karachi for Islamabad on Saturday, said Atif Iqbal, vice president of the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association. Digital SAMAA. “Next week these drugs will be sent to Afghanistan. ”

He said the country’s goal is to deliver drugs costing Rs 1 billion to the war-torn country during the second week of December. “Medicines and other pharmaceutical equipment are also being sent to the capital from Peshawar, Lahore, Multan and other major cities,” Iqbal revealed.

He added that some international companies are also participating in this initiative.

Ghulam Hashim Noorani of the Pakistan Association of Chemists and Drug Addicts said that in addition to medicines, 400 wheelchairs were also being sent to the neighboring country.

“We buy drugs from the local market and will ship them with the shipment as well,” he said. Digital SAMAA. “This is the start and we hope our industry will come forward and meet the expectations of our Afghan friends. They desperately need our help.

Some of the companies supplying drugs to Karachi include Hico, PharmEvo, ICI Pakistan, Bosch Pharma, SEARLE, and MaxiTech Pharma.

Health care in Afghanistan on the brink of collapse

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization warned of a looming health crisis in Afghanistan.

“The country’s health system is on the brink of collapse as lack of funding has left thousands of health facilities struggling to purchase medical supplies and pay their staff.

WHO stressed that reduced donations to Afghanistan’s largest health project, Sehatmandi, left health facilities without drugs, medical supplies, fuel and salaries for medical staff.

Sehatmandi operates 2,309 medical facilities across Afghanistan benefiting more than 30 million people in 2020.

“Many of these facilities have now scaled back their operations or closed their doors, forcing health providers to make tough decisions about who to save and who to let die,” a WHO statement said, adding that only 17% of facilities were fully functional.

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