Pakistan promises life-saving drugs aid to Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Minister for Public Health Dr Qalandar Jihad. Photo: Twitter/CGTN

The Health Ministry of the government of Afghanistan has requested Pakistan to provide the country with life-saving drugs on an emergency footing, Pakistan media reported.

Afghanistan’s Minister for Public Health Dr Qalandar Jihad, along with a delegation, met the government of Pakistan and non-government figures during a recently concluded trip to Pakistan, Geo News quoted sources as saying.

The meetings included one with representatives from Pakistan’s Ministry of Health during which the Afghan delegation made the request for an immediate provision of life-saving medicines, as well as described the conditions of hospitals in Afghanistan, which have been rendered dysfunctional amid the recent political turmoil in the country.

With international non-governmental organizations exiting the country following its takeover by the Taliban, the Afghan delegation requested the government to provide training to the country’s technicians, nurses, and paramedical staff.

It was also requested that given the steady arrival of patients from Afghanistan to Pakistan, the strength of Pakistani doctors at the Chaman and Torkham borders be ramped up to four times the current count, the report said.

Responding to the request, Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) promised the Afghan government multiple containers of life-saving drugs, it said.

The report said that the Afghan delegation is currently in Qatar’s Doha, where they will make a similar request so the needs of the country’s health sector can be addressed.


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