Northwest Pakistan faces scarcity of anti-snake venom vaccines as a result of stoppage of import from India

Peshawar, August 8

The well being amenities in northwest Pakistan are going through a scarcity of anti-snake venom vaccines as its import from India has stopped following strained relations between the 2 neighbouring nations, in keeping with the provincial well being minister.

Taimur Saleem Jhagra, the well being minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province mentioned this throughout query hour within the provincial meeting session on Friday.

The Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Humaira Khatoon had complained of scarcity of anti-snake vaccines within the hospitals of the province.

In response, the minister mentioned, “We import these vaccines from India which had been stopped due to stress in the diplomatic relations between the two countries.”

He mentioned the vaccine could be offered to all of the hospitals within the province after acquiring knowledge from them.

Pakistan in 16 months until July final 12 months imported anti-rabies and anti-snake venom vaccines price of Rs 2.65 billion from India.

Pakistan is basically depending on India for import of anti-rabies and anti-snake venom vaccines because the National Institute of Health lacks the capability of producing the vaccines in keeping with the demand within the nation. 

Trade relations between India and Pakistan had been strained following the Pulwama terror assault in February final 12 months as India imposed 200 per cent customs responsibility on all items imported from the neighbouring nation.

Pakistan formally suspended its commerce relations with India after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing in August final 12 months.

India revoked Article 370 to withdraw the particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the area into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

In response to India’s transfer, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India by expelling Indian High Commissioner and introduced that it will additionally droop commerce relations with New Delhi.

India has mentioned Jammu and Kashmir was an integral a part of India and the difficulty was strictly inside to the nation.

Pakistan additionally suspended the import of Indian items underneath the Pak-Afghan transit treaty.

Later, in keeping with some studies, Pakistan was planning to raise the ban on the import of life-saving medicine, however it’s not clear whether or not the choice was carried out. PTI 

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