PMA concerned about growth in Covid positivity rate

LAHORE: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has reviewed the COVID situation in the country and the issue of drug prices and shortages.

In this regard, an Emerging PMA Meeting was held on Monday, chaired via video link by Dr. Salma Aslam Kundi, President of the PMA Centre. In addition, Dr. SM Qaisar Sajjad, Secretary General of the PMA Center, Dr. Qazi Wasiq, Treasurer of the PMA Center, Dr. Syed Tipu Sultan, Former President of the PMA Center, Dr. Mirza Ali Azhar, Dr. Sonia Naqvi, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Shoro, Dr. Hamid Manzoor and other senior officials from PMA members attended the meeting.

The meeting expressed concern over the relentless increase in the rate of COVID-19 positivity across Pakistan. The PMA enthusiastically welcomes international cricket and players in Pakistan, but unfortunately the situation seen during the ongoing PSL is contrary to the SOPs.

Due to the worsening situation of COVID-19, PMA is requesting the government to implement SOPs strictly all over the country. We also ask the public to adopt preventive measures, wear a mask whenever you go out, keep social distance, wash or sanitize your hands at appropriate intervals, avoid shaking hands and hug you and avoid going out unnecessarily.

The meeting also expressed concern over the shortage of medicines and their rising prices in the country. Unfortunately, the current government has increased drug prices 11 times during its tenure so far. In these conditions of scarcity of health structures in public hospitals, this increase in drug prices adds to the misery of the populations. In this situation, there is news of the shortage of an antipyretic drug. Sellers hoarded their inventory and sold it in black at higher prices.

PMA asked the media to always use the generic name instead of the brand name, while reporting such issues. PMA suggested people that there are many other brands available in the market with the generic name of paracetamol which can be used to reduce fever so that they can buy among them. The PMA also called on the government to ensure that all the necessary drugs are available in the market at their fixed prices.

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