Pharmaceutical sector calls on IEA to prevent smuggling of medicines into country
Afghanistan’s Medicine Importers Union on Saturday urged the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to prevent pharmaceutical drugs from being smuggled into the country and assured the people that there would be enough medicine to cover the domestic market.
Manufacturers meanwhile said there are 55 pharmaceutical factories operating in the country, and collectively they manufacture 360 types of medicines.
Kamaluddin Kakar, head of Afghanistan Medicine Manufacturers Association, said that $250 million has been invested in the pharmaceutical sector in the country and that about 5,000 people are employed in the factories.
“We assure our people that there will be no shortage of medicines in the markets, but it is necessary that the Islamic Emirate prevent the entry of smuggled drugs into the markets,” said Gul Halim Halim, head of the Medicine Importers Union.
Some of these factories were however forced to close their doors in recent months due to a shortage of raw ingredients.
In addition to this, the country’s health sector has been hit hard after foreign funding dried up after the collapse of the former government. The post Pharmaceutical sector calls on IEA to prevent smuggling of medicines into country first appeared on Ariana News.
Source: Ariana News