LAHORE: Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has taken note of the shortage of fever medication and has requested a report from the Health Secretary on the matter.
He ordered the health department to take all possible measures to ensure the availability of fever medication in medical stores. He said manufacturers should be contacted to increase production of the drug.
The PML-N strongly condemned the shortage of drugs used to treat Covid-19.
PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb and Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz in their separate statements said the drug’s disappearance from the market during the fifth wave of the coronavirus was extremely shameful .
Ms Aurangzeb said a government born out of political “blackmail” was allowing the black market of fever medicine, liquefied natural gas (LNG), fertilizer and other essentials.
Hamza expressed concern over the drug’s disappearance.
He regretted that the “incompetent” government could not ensure a steady supply of a common medicine used to treat fever and that the medicine was sold on the black market.
PCR-TESTING: Despite the government’s decision to set the PCR test rate at Rs4,800 per test in private labs, the private sector has not reduced its test rate.
The Punjab Healthcare Commission had fixed the rate of the PCR test to increase the number of Covid tests. It had warned hospitals and action laboratories in the event of overcharging. He had warned action labs and hefty fines as well for violations.
However, it seems that the government could not ensure the implementation of this decision and that its warnings had no effect on the private sector. A renowned lab on Jail Road still charges Rs6,500 for a PCR test.
Posted in Dawn, January 31, 2022