Saturday, 24 August 2019 09:08 GMT

Afghanistan exports medicines to Somalia, Ghana

(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) Domestic
pharmaceutical factories to meet Afghan people's 20 percent medicinal needs

AT News Report

KABUL: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said Sunday that
over 40 pharmaceutical factories have been put into operation in Afghanistan,
producing more than 150 types of medicinal drugs to meet citizens' needs.

The medicines are manufactured in Kabul, Herat, Nangarhar,
and Kandahar provinces. After going through some standardization processes, the
drugs are released to the markets.

'At least 42 pharmaceutical factories have been activated
which produce 156 kinds of medicines,' said Daudshah Waliyar, an official at

The medicines are also being exported by the Medicine
Industry and Health Products Union of Afghanistan to some foreign countries
such as Ghana and Somalia.

'These medicines are produced in Afghanistan, and after going
through some processes, the medicines will be exported,' said Ahmad Sayed
Shams, head of the union.

But the Afghan doctors are not fully certain about the quality
of these medicines. Dr. Parwiz Iqbal said: 'The doctors strive to recommend and
prescribe the standardized medicines to their patients. If the medicines are up
to standards and of good quality, every doctor will express keen interest in
prescribing Afghan-made drugs to the patients,' he said.  

A pharmacist operating on the outskirts of Kabul city, Abdul
Ghafor, said that people didn't trust the domestically-produced medicines. 'These
medicines exist in ever drugstores but people don't trust them and they don't
want to purchase them,' he said. 


Afghanistan exports medicines to Somalia, Ghana

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