Federal Government is sitting idle!
Federal Government and DRAP have delayed the issuance of the life saving Biological products that need to obtain a lot release from a federal government analyst based at the National Control Laboratory (NCL) in Islamabad.
The product that requires issuance includes anti-snake venom serum, anti-rabies vaccine, tetanus vaccine, insulin, specialized anti-cancer products, products for treating corona patients, dialysis supportive products, cardiac enzymes, and much more such life saving biological products, need to obtain a lot release from a federal government analyst based at the National Control Laboratory (NCL) in Islamabad.
The NCL comes under the DRAP and the National Health services research and coordination (NHSR&C), which is the health ministry. The position of the federal government analyst has been vacant for over a month because the secretary’s health has not gotten a notification from the federal cabinet for the federal government analyst.
Companies have imported the product and cannot supply without a lot of releases that come from the NCL, because there is no one to sign these lot releases. Not all such imported products can be supplied without a lot of release from the NCL.
People in the interior of Sindh and other provinces are dying every day because there is no medication, and despite several reminders and follow-ups by various trade bodies and Companies, the secretary health is doing nothing.
This is a very serious situation and it needs to be raised to the highest office of the PM that the federal government is deliberately delaying supplies of life-saving products. The last federal government analyst was appointed for a 3-month period, after a delay of 40 days. The same cycle is being repeated currently.
The DRAP and NHSR&C have been delinquent and should act proactively to ensure that there is not even a single day when the federal government analyst is not in office to address these lot releases.
How will the government address patients dying from snakebites, dog bites, corona, cardiac arrests, etc, that they have to wait for a lot of releases? This is the highest level of apathy by the government.
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