Faulty Medicine Kills Over 100 People in Pakistan

February 20, 2012

Asia, Pakistan

By: Atif Yaqub

 

Bilquis Bibi, an aged woman, was fighting for her life in a local hospital in Pakistan.  She was insisting to her son to let her go home because she didn’t want to die in the hospital. She was among those thousands of unfortunate people who were taking free medicines for cardiac diseases from government run hospitals who suffered the deadly reactions. Doctors believe that the medicine must have been contaminated which caused the reaction. When all the world was celebrating the new year praying for the happiness and success for each other, for many families in Pakistan it was the sad beginning of the new year.  Pakistan, a country already engulfed by so many problems, trying to regain its reputation of being peaceful and democratic nation has been badly hit by this health crisis.

A senior health official has said the number of people in eastern Pakistan suspected to have died in the last month from taking bad heart medicine has risen to 108. An investigation found that a total of 419 heart patients had become sick from taking the drugs, and that 45 of them remained in critical condition. Many of the patients are in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. Patients developed red spots on their skin within days of taking the medicine that is suspected of killing them.

This health crisis has huge implications for not only the people who suffered the reaction of contaminated medicines but also for the booming pharmaceutical industry of Pakistan which also exports medicines to dozens of foreign  countries and contributes towards the struggling economy of Pakistan .

So far, three people who own different pharmaceutical companies have been arrested in Pakistan and their factories have been closed down, while other companies are facing legal action. It’s bad news for Pakistan growing pharmaceutical industry, but one would be surprised to know the procedure for buying medicine for government hospitals in Pakistan. Tender is open to different companies and in buying the medicine the medicine with a lower bid is bought for the hospital’s medical store without even testing its quality.

Such crises have shown how people sitting in government has  become so selfish  and cruel. For them there is no value to human life, they are putting human lives at the stake of jeopardy for their own benefits.

 

“ONE WHO KILLED A SINGLE  LIFE IS AS, HE KILLED THE WHOLE  HUMANITY

                  AND ONE WHO SAVED A SINGLE LIFE IS AS HE SAVED THE WHOLE HUMANITY.”

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