Govt will buy medicines worth Rs6b: Shehbaz

Says new system will end spurious medicines issue


Our Correspondent March 04, 2017
PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the provincial government would purchase medicines worth Rs6 billion and samples of these medicines would be checked from foreign labs.

The chief minister expressed these views while presiding over a meeting on Friday to review progress on the health reforms programme and efforts to improve the healthcare system.

Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz said a new foolproof system was being introduced for the purchase, transportation and distribution of medicines and the problems of spurious medicines and embezzlement will be addressed through this system. “The Punjab government is purchasing medicines worth Rs6 billion and samples of medicines will be checked from foreign labs,” the CM remarked.

He said ‘the mafia’ playing with the lives of the people should be eliminated at all costs and the process of procurement of medicines samples should also be made foolproof. Shehbaz said steps were being taken to upgrade labs in hospitals and there was a need for effective programmes of the Public Health Institute.

During a meeting with a delegation of health experts from Turkey, Shehbaz said support of Turkey to improve healthcare system in Punjab was laudable.

He said the provision of the standardised health facilities in hospitals was his prime objective and he would not relax till achieving this target.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2017.

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