PAC concerned over block­age of in­dige­nous Hep­ati­tis in­jec­tions

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: A spe­cial com­mit­tee of the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee expressed con­cern over block­age of in­dige­nous hep­ati­tis in­jec­tions man­u­fac­tured by Pak­istani sci­en­tists.

The com­mit­tee meet­ing, presided over by Ad­viser to Prime Min­is­ter Yas­meen Rehman, showed dis­may on block­age of the vac­cine by rel­e­vant govern­ment de­part­ments.

The body was of the view that the block­age of in­dige­nous vac­cine and other items would dis­cour­age the lo­cal re­searchers and sci­en­tists.

The com­mit­tee asked the min­istries of health, ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence and technology and the Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Pun­jab Uni­ver­sity to sub­mit ex­pla­na­tion of the mat­ter in three weeks.

The chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee said that Pak­istani sci­en­tists pre­pared the vac­cine af­ter hec­tic re­search adding that if the sale of these vac­cines was al­lowed its would be in the mar­ket at Rs. 40.

She said the rel­e­vant govern­ment de­part­ments played a very neg­a­tive role in this re­gard, adding that the sci­en­tists who had pre­pared the vac­cine were think­ing to leave the coun­try be­cause they were very dis­cour­aged af­ter im­po­si­tion of ban on their vac­cine.

The of­fi­cials of Au­dit Depart­ment re­marked that there was a ques­tion mark on the per­for­mance of Min­istry of Sci­ence and Technology.

Saeed Ahmed Za­far expressed dis­may on the per­for­mance of PCSIR and sug­gested that the re­search work should be en­cour­aged in the sci­ence sec­tor.

Ear­lier, the com­mit­tee re­viewed au­dit ob­jec­tions of the min­istries of Sci­ence and Technology, Live­stock and Dairy Devel­op­ment and Over­seas Pak­ista­nis for the year 2008-09.

The Au­dit of­fi­cials in­formed the com­mit­tee that PCRIT ini­ti­ated a project of pre­par­ing 3,000 so­lar lights at a cost of Rs. 7 mil­lion but the project has not yet been com­pleted.

The PAC asked the Au­dit of­fi­cials to check the stan­dard of so­lar lights and in­formed the com­mit­tee in this re­gard.

The com­mit­tee asked the PCRIT to trans­fer the technology to the mar­ket for nation's ben­e­fit. Of­fi­cials of the Over­seas Pak­ista­nis briefed the com­mit­tee about the OPF pen­sion scheme. It was in­formed to the com­mit­tee that wa­ter test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries have been set up in 25 dis­tricts of the coun­try. He Pak­istan Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (PMA) has said that the num­ber of pa­tients, suf­fer­ing from Hep­ati­tis, has in­creased to 10 mil­lion in Pak­istan and the use of sub­stan­dard sy­ringes is the main cause of the spread of dis­ease.

A pri­vate chan­nel re­ported quot­ing PMA Pres­i­dent Dr. Arshad Rana as say­ing that au­thor­i­ties concerned have failed to stop the spread­ing dis­ease. Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, the PMA Pres­i­dent said that laws were present against the use of sub-stan­dard sy­ringes but there were prob­lems in their im­ple­men­ta­tion.The Health Min­istry had made it manda­tory for the man­u­fac­tur­ers to get them reg­is­tered for man­u­fac­tur­ing sy­ringes but the the au­thor­i­ties had failed to get the law im­ple­mented.

He said that the govern­ment should im­me­di­ately ban il­le­gal man­u­fac­tur­ing of sy­ringes in the coun­try as over 80 per­cent dis­eases were caused due to the use of poor qual­ity sy­ringes. -App

IS­LAM­ABAD: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Sar­dar Aseff Ah­mad Ali con­fer­ring the medals among the po­si­tion holder stu­dents dur­ing 7th con­vo­ca­tion of Mo­ham­mad Ali Jin­nah Uni­ver­sity at Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. -App

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