Punjab faces shortage of fever, antiviral medicines

life saving drugs scaled - Punjab faces shortage of fever, antiviral medicines

LAHORE: Pharmacies in Punjab are facing an acute shortage of fever and virus treatment drugs at a time when the country is facing the fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has instructed the authorities to take strong action against those responsible for the shortage of medicines in the market.

Punjab Health Secretary Imran Sikandar Baloch has stated that there is no shortage of fever medicine in the province. The province now has 68.6 million pills available in stock, he added.

As many as 5,327 more Pakistanis tested positive for Covid-19, keeping the country’s number of active cases above the 100,000 mark for the third consecutive day, the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) data showed.

The NCOC has extended coronavirus curbs in the country from January 31 till February 15, as thousands continue to contract the infection amid a spread in the Omicron variant.

The forum had imposed non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on January 19, which were to be reviewed on January 27 in light of the Covid-19 situation in the country. The restrictions for the wedding sector were already imposed till Feb 15.

While the countrywide coronavirus situation remains critical, Peshawar is currently the most affected city by the Omicron-driven fifth wave, with 39.63 percent Covid-19 positivity rate. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mardan reported 31.08 percent positivity, the second-highest across the country.

Marriyum Aurangzeb, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) slammed the government over the country’s medicine shortage. The former information minister said in a tweet that the shortage of a common fever-treating tablet is “shameful” while the country is going through the fifth coronavirus pandemic wave.

She criticised the government, claiming that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration had cut youth employment chances, medical care for the sick, and fertiliser for farmers.

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