Afghanistan’s health ministry requests Pakistan to provide life-saving drugs

Nov 28, 2021: Afghanistan’s Ministry of Health has requested Pakistan to provide life-saving medicines to the country on an emergency basis.

According to a report published in Geo News, Afghanistan’s Minister for Public Health Dr Qalandar Jihad, along with a delegation, met government and non-government figures during a recently concluded trip to Pakistan.

The meetings included a meeting with representatives of the Pakistani Ministry of Health during which the Afghan delegation requested for immediate supply of life-saving medicines and also described the condition of hospitals in Afghanistan which were inactive during the recent political crisis.

Following the withdrawal of international NGOs from the country after the Taliban took over, the Afghan delegation requested the government to provide training to the country’s technicians, nurses and paramedical staff.

It was also requested that in view of the steady influx of patients from Afghanistan to Pakistan, the number of Pakistani doctors at Chaman and Torkham border should be quadrupled from the present number. In response to the request, the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) promised the Afghan government several containers of life-saving drugs.

The Afghan delegation is currently in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where it will make a similar request to meet the needs of the country’s health sector. The delegation is expected to return to Pakistan in two weeks and hold further meetings with Pakistani officials.

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