PR No. 295 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that it is fundamental duty of the state and society to provide quality treatment and essential drugs at low cost to general public. The President also appreciated the office of Federal Ombudsman for devising a strategy to provide 100% medicines to inpatients in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

President Mamnoon Hussain said this while chairing meetings of Monitoring Committee on provision of essential drugs and Committee for provision of 100% medicines to inpatients in PIMS here at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Monday. Wafaqi Mohtasib Salman Faruqui, Minister of State for CADD Tariq Fazal Chudhary, VC SZABMU, Mayor Islamabad Ansar Aziz, senior officials, representatives from pharmaceutical companies and advisors from different Health Departments were also present on the occasion.

The President noted with satisfaction that 2D bar coding mechanism has been devised to check spurious drugs being sold in the market which has also been approved by the Federal Cabinet. The President was apprised that Federal Medical College presently housed in the laboratory of Drug Regulatory Authority for the last five years will be shifted to Alfarabi Center and the laboratory will be used for WHO approved drug testing. The President appreciated the development in this regard and hoped that accreditation of drugs with WHO will enable the country to enhance its pharmaceutical exports and earn foreign exchange reserves.

The President appreciated the Wafaqi Mohtasib’s study on ‘Availability of essential drugs of high standard, efficacy, safety, quality and affordable prices for all and check on spurious drugs’ and directed that relevant institutions should prepare recommendations for effectively implementing the report for providing lifesaving drugs at affordable prices to the people. The President commended Wafaqi Mohtasib for conducting studies/research of various Government departments to further improve their performance and enforce standards of good administration. The President emphasized significance of the institution of Wafaqi Mohtasib for redressing the public complaints adding that expeditious resolution of issues strengthens the bond between the state and public which quickens the pace of national development.

President Mamnoon Hussain called for ensuring sustainability of provision of medicines to the inpatients in PIMS. He stressed the need to further expand these facilities adding that while doing so necessary measures should be taken to ensure transparency and meritocracy in the process. The President was apprised that 100% availability of medicines for inpatients at PIMS would be ensured in three phases. The President emphasized on addressing the issues faced by patients in PIMS and strict implementation of the report for provision of 100% medicines to deserving  patients at the leading medical facility in the capital.

The President praised the consultative role of Wafaqi Mohtasib for public welfare and hoped that it would continue to work in the same spirit in future for resolving the issues of the general public. The President emphasized that addressing the public issues is not only an official responsibility but it should be discharged with religious zeal.