PAC concerned over blockage of indigenous Hepatitis injections
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
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