Tolo News: Kabul residents said that due to the high prices they cannot buy essential medicine. “Doctors write every prescription for 6,000 or 5,000 Afghani and we are not able financially to buy medicine,” said Basharmal, a Kabul resident. “The price of medicine is high, we cannot buy it but sometimes we buy half,’ said
It’s been estimated that 95 percent of the medicine in Afghanistan enters the country illegally. According to an investigation by RFE/RL’s Radio Farda, a significant portion of the pharmaceuticals come from Iran and are smuggled into Afghanistan on trucks and buses.
Ariana: Afghanistan’s Medicine Importers Union on Saturday urged the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to prevent pharmaceutical drugs from being smuggled into the country and assured the people that there would be enough medicine to cover the domestic market. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: In recent years, many farmers in Kunduz province have started cultivating Asafoetida. Farmers in Kunduz say that asafoetida, or “hing” is a medicinal plant and its income is more profitable than other products. They add that if the government cooperates with them, the production of hing and the export of this plant abroad
Ariana: Afghanistan is now faced with medicine shortage due to disrupted border crossings and limited operation of banks. Almost all medicine in Afghanistan is imported from neighboring countries, such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: For the past twenty years, all imported drugs and food have been tested for quality control in Kabul, as there are no other laboratories in the provinces to test the medicine and food being imported into Afghanistan from various cross-border routes. Officials of Afghanistan’s Medicine Service Union say the Afghan government has failed
Tolo News: The Ministry of Public Health on Sunday reported 35 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 267 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The number of total cases is now 39,227, the number of total reported deaths is 1,453, and the total number of recoveries is 32,642. Click here to read more
Ariana: The increase of low quality medicines in Afghanistan markets are threatening the lives of Afghan citizens. A number of patients say the reason that poor quality medicines are being sold in the markets is the lack of government’s attention and supervisions. “At first, I thought hospitals cannot recognize the diseases and treat them, but now
Tolo News: Medicine Importers Union says Afghanistan ‘legally’ imports pharmaceutical products worth $700 million on annual basis. The Medicine Importers Union claims that at least 40 percent of medicine and medical equipment enter the country’s markets ‘illegally’ while many of the pharmaceutical products have a bad quality. Click here to read more (external link).