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Health deptt all set to take action against fake, sub-standard drugs.

QUETTA -- The provincial Health Department has decided to take wholehearted measures in prevention of the purchase of fake and sub-standard medicines in the province. The provincial Secretary for Health, Naseebullah Khan Bazai has directed to the Provincial Drug Control Board to take necessary steps.

The Secretary Health also directed to take stern legal action against those involved in the business of the fake and sub-standard medicines. The measures to be taken against such elements are included registration of cases and sealing of their business under Drug Act 1972.

In this regard, a meeting of the Provincial Drug Control Board was held with the Provincial Secretary for Health, Naseebullah Bazai in the chair here the other day.

The meeting was also attended by the Director General Health Services, Naseer Ahmed Baloch, Dr. Arshad Mehmood, Sultan Ahmed, Chief Drug Inspector and Syed Fateh Muhammad Secretary Quality Board, besides other concerned.

The detail review of the performance and effectiveness of the provincial Drug Control Board was taken during the meeting.

The meeting was informed that the board was established under Drug Act 1972. The Board started working in 2000, whose basic responsibility is to prevent the fake and sub-standard medicines and produce the cases registered against the persons involved in its sale in the Drug Court.

It was further informed that as many as 4,783 medicines were got tested through the drug testing laboratory during last five years. Of them, 84 medicines were found sub-standard while two were found fake. In this regard, 64 cases were registered taking action against those involved.

In this regard, action was also taken against the medicals stores involved in sale and purchase of the fake and sub-standard medicines and 12 such stores were shut down.

The Provincial Secretary Health directed to the provincial Drug Control Board officials to discharge their duties in befitting manner as important responsibility rests with them and they should not sustain any pressure while performing their duties.

He also directed to take stern action against the officials involved in the unfair business.

In the meeting, the owners of medical stores and whole sellers of medicines were warned to follow the rules and regulations of the Drug Act. Otherwise stern action would be taken against them.

In this regard, necessary directives have also been issued to the deputy commissioners and district police officers to extend wholehearted cooperation to the officers of the Drug Control Board and District Health Officers.

Moreover, it was decided to hold regular meetings of the Drug Control Board Clinical Laboratories Authority after every three months. The Provincial Secretary Health would chair these meetings.

It may also be mentioned here that the Provincial Health department had also issued notices to the un-registered hospitals operating in the private sector in Quetta.

In the notices issued by the Provincial Secretary for Health, Naseebullah Khan Bazai, it has been warned that the un-registered private hospitals would be sealed if they failed to complete their registration immediately.

The notice was issued to as many as 21 private hospitals which are included: Abdul Khaliq Hospital, Airport road, Agha Children Hospital, Zarghoon road, Heart and General Hospital, Pishin Stop, Jam-e-Shifa Hospital, Satellite Town, Nagi Children and Fatima Jinnah Gynecology Hospital, Patel Bagh, Baby Nursery Care Hospital, Satellite Town, Al-Saoodi Hospital, Satellite Town, Al-Khidmat Hospital, Sariab road, Darul Shifa Hospital, Sher Muhammad road, Umed Hospital, Sher Muhammad road, Makka Mukarima Hospital, Airport road, Laparoscopy Centre, Faiz Muhammad road, Mir Wais Hospital, Pashtoonabad road, Medicare Hospital, Gilani road, Iqra General Hospital, Satellite Town, Saiban Hospital, Satellite Town, Madina General Hospital, Sher Muhammad road, Al-Shifa Hospital, Patel Road, Rahat Hospital, Art School road, Kidney and General Hospital, Patel road and Rana Eye Hospital, Zarghoon road.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 29, 2013
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