ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Health Muhammad Nasir Khan has directed the heads of all federal government hospitals to ensure provision of free of cost medicines to the needy and the poor. Chairing a meeting regarding centralized procurement of medicines/disposables, Nasir Khan directed that all hospitals should ensure provision of essential and life saving drugs.
He said, “Hospitals should strictly monitor the supply chain of drugs/disposables and devise mechanism to control pilferage.” There should be no compromise on quality of drugs,” he added. Health Minister further said that centralized procurement is cost effective and the benefits obtained could be passed on for the welfare of poor patients in shape of purchasing additional medicines.
The Minister directed to keep sufficient stock of essential basic and specialized drugs/medicines in the Parliament House dispensary for use of parliamentarians. Secretary Health Khushnood Akhtar Lashari proposed to establish a central procurement cell under the supervision of Inspector General (Hospitals). In addition to this, he said, the cell would be responsible for making guidelines and criteria for central procurement.Director General (Health) Maj. General Shahida Malik, Inspector General (Hospitals) Dr. Abdul Majeed Rajput, Executive Director PIMS Dr. Fazli Hadi, Executive Director FGSH Dr. Javed Chaudhry and senior officers of the Ministry attended the meeting.-SANA