ISLAMABAD: Dr Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan for Health, has said that medicines and medical equipment worth Rs 160 million are being sent to Afghanistan by Pakistani pharmaceutical companies for which pharma companies are grateful.
He said that under the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, efforts were being made to provide health facilities in Afghanistan and to ensure the provision of trained medical personnel in Afghanistan.
This was stated by Faisal Sultan during a meeting with a delegation of Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association which handed over nine trucks of medicines and medical equipment to the Federal Ministry of Health and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan.
Chief Executive Officer of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Asim Rauf, former Chairman Asad Shuja, Amanullah Sheikh, Usman Shaukat, Hamid Raza, Haseeb Khan, Atif Iqbal and others were also present on the occasion.
The medicines and medical equipment collected by the Pakistani pharma industry for Afghanistan are worth about Rs. 160 million, while more companies continue to donate in the form of medicines and equipment.
Dr. Faisal Sultan said that Afghanistan is in dire need of medicines, equipment and trained medical personnel and the government of Pakistan is working to meet the needs of trained doctors and medical personnel in Afghanistan.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has given strict instructions to meet the health needs of Afghanistan after which the Health Services Academy Islamabad, Afghanistan has started training for medical personnel.
He said that 9 trucks full of medicines and equipment would be handed over to Dr. Qalandar Ibad, Minister of Health of Afghanistan while efforts were being made to make the hospitals established by Pakistan in Afghanistan functional.
PPMA Chairman Qazi Mansoor Dilawar said that Pakistani pharma industry will continue its efforts to meet the health needs of Afghanistan. Pakistani companies have accumulated medicines and medical equipment worth Rs. Medicines and medical equipment continue to arrive from India, which will be sent to Afghanistan from time to time.