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PPMA Fears Six-Day Eid Holiday Could Create Medicines’ Crisis In Pakistan

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Karachi: The Pakistani Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (PPMA) has rejected the federal government’s decision to grant a six-day vacation on the occasion of the upcoming Eid ul Fitr.

In a press release, spokesman and former PPMA chairman Dr. Kaiser Waheed that the pharmaceutical industry should not be closed for so long this year due to the Eid ul Fitr holidays.
He said such a long shutdown of drug manufacturing units could lead to a drug crisis in the country amid a worrying third wave of coronavirus infections.

He said the manufacture and supply of medicines is an essential national service as it should continue uninterrupted.

“The production and supply of medicines should continue, especially when the country is facing an ongoing health crisis in the form of a deadly infectious disease,” he said.

Dr. Waheed urged the government to announce the normal three-day vacation, especially in key services and industries, including drug manufacturers.

He said such a decision would ensure uninterrupted drug supplies to coronavirus patients treated across the country.

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