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Pakistan agrees to provide life-saving drugs to Afghanistan

ANI | Updated: Nov 28, 2021 09:07 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], November 28 (ANI): Pakistan has agreed to provide life-saving drugs to Afghanistan, which is witnessing a severe humanitarian crisis under the Taliban.
A delegation of the Afghan health ministry visited Pakistan, requesting the country's government to provide the country with life-saving drugs on an emergency footing.
Afghanistan's Minister for Public Health Dr Qalandar Jihad, along with a delegation, met government and non-government figures during a recently concluded trip to Pakistan, sources told Geo News.
The Taliban delegation made a 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.

Responding to the request, Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) promised the Afghan government multiple containers of life-saving drugs.
The United Nations, in September, said Afghanistan's health system is on the brink of collapse,
"Allowing Afghanistan's healthcare delivery system to fall apart would be disastrous," said the head of the World Health Organisation Martin Griffiths. "People across the country would be denied access to primary healthcare such as emergency caesarean sections and trauma care."
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said that international funding cuts had forced health providers to decide "who to save and who to let die".
Tedros explained that a lack of financial support for the country's largest health project, Sehetmandi, had left thousands of facilities unable to buy medical supplies and pay salaries. (ANI)