| GEO Pakistan|
Less than 1 per cent of GDP allocated for health: NA told
| Updated at: 2019 PST, Friday, November 05, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto on Friday told National Assembly that health budget is less than one per cent of total GDP of the country adding that health ministry is being devolved after the 18th Amendment.
Replying to a supplementary question, she said that now heath was provincial subject and the provinces should enhanced health budget.
She said the ministry was sensitizing the masses about Dengue virus through media campaign.
The Prime Minister's Programme to control Dengue virus was being implemented through District Health Officer of the concerned district.
Mehreen Bhutto said that no project in the health sector has been launched in collaboration with foreign organizations in the flood hit areas.
However, she said that WHO and UNICEF and other countries played pivotal role during the floods and provided medicines to the flood affected people.
Some foreign countries also set up field hospitals besides deploying their health teams in the flood hit areas.
To another question, Mehreen Bhutto said that to ensure quality only those medicines were procured for federal government hospitals which are registered with drugs registration board and cleared by drug testing labs.
She said only one case each in Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre Karachi and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) regarding purchases of sub-standard tablets was surfaced. Not only the stock of that medicines was destroyed but the licenses of those companies were also suspended.