‘Medicines to be purchased from reliable companies’
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday said all required medicines for the public health and security sectors would be purchased from authentic national and international companies totally costing up to $180 million annually.
Dr. Waheed Majrooh, the Public Health Ministry spokesman, told a press conference here that based on a centralised medicine supply strategy approved by the High Economic Council on August 7, from now on all the needed medicine for the ministries of public health, higher education, defence and interior would be purchased under a transparent and accountable mechanism in order to ensure good quality and pave the way for domestic production of medicines.
He said the strategy had been formed with President Ashraf Ghani’s directives for better management and organisation of the medicine market and to address concerns about corruption in the pharmaceutical sector and supply of poor quality medicine.
Majrooh said an initial survey by the Public Health Ministry showed 95 percent of medicine consumed in Afghanistan were imported from Pakistan, Iran, China, Turkey, India, the United Arab Emirates and some European countries. Of the medicine, 40 to 55 percent entered Afghanistan illegally and through smuggling.
The official said $650 million were annually spent on purchasing medicines in Afghanistan, including $180 million by the government.
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