Pharmacists’ union warns of drug shortages in Afghanistan
The pharmacists’ union has warned of a shortage of medicines as its imports have plummeted due to recent challenges ahead for Afghan traders.
Syndicate leader Asadullah Kakar says recent imposed rulings on imports and currency transfer, as well as the blocking of traders’ money in banks, are the main reasons for drug cuts in the country. .
“The merchants’ money is blocked in the banks. Our products are stopped at customs,” he said.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) confirmed the decrease in drugs in the markets but said that all health centers are supported by the foreign organization until the end of the current year.
“Medicine and supply issues are fully resolved in more than 2,568 centers – they are supported by UNICEF and WHO,” said MoPH spokesperson Javid Hazhir.
It comes as some pharmacy owners said there had been a spike in prices for some important drugs.
“Our fellow citizens don’t have money for food, but they even have to borrow money to buy medicine that costs 3,000 Afs. The price has now gone up,” said Mohammad Qassim, a pharmacy owner.
According to available figures, about 93% of drugs are imported from Pakistan, Iran, India, Turkey and Bangladesh.