ISLAMABAD: The Senate has been informed that the government would establish Drug Regulatory Authority to issue drug production licenses and ensuring quality of medicines. Minister Incharge for Health Ms. Sherry Rehman informed the House during question hour today that government is making its utmost efforts to control quality of drugs. She said so far thirty thousand drugs produced locally were sent for testing to the laboratory and eight thousand convictions have been awarded to those who found guilty of substandard manufacturing.
The Minister to a question told that a plan is underway for setting up of 815 Urban Clinics in seven major cities in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta. She said the design of the project has been revised and now the poor sub-urban slums will benefit from these clinics. She said the project would be implemented at a cost of 4.3 billion rupees that would be completed next year.
Ms. Sherry Rehman to a question said that Hepatitis Control Programme is underway in the country with a focus for ensuring preventive measures that would be completed at a cost of over 2.5 billion rupees. She hoped that the project would help minimize morbidity and mortality from viral hepatitis infection. She said five hundred million rupees have been allocated for this programme during the current financial year while 340 million rupees have been spent so far.
To another question the Health Minister informed the House that 4.8 billion rupees were allocated for National Programme Family Planning and Primary Healthcare in the current financial year and an amount of 3.2 billion rupees has far been released for this purpose. She said the programme has achieved its targets as there are over ninety-six thousand. Lady health workers and supervisors working all over the country to implement this programme.-SANA