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Local industry meeting over 98pc demand for medicines

Health minister tells Nasim parliament
UNB

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday informed parliament that over 98 per cent of the demand for medicines is being met by local production, and that locally produced drugs are now being exported to some 127 countries across the globe, reports UNB.
"Due to the sincerity and moderate policy of the government, the medicine industry of Bangladesh has now turned into one of the major industrial sectors ..........the volume of medicine export and the exporting countries are increasing gradually," he said replying to a starred tabled question from ruling party MP M Abdul Latif (Chittagong-11).
Revealing the export figures of pharmaceuticals industry in the last fiscal year (FY16), Nasim informed the House that some 54 pharmaceutical companies have exported medicines worth Tk 836.81 crore to some 123 countries during that period.
Replying to another starred tabled question form ruling party lawmaker SM Mostafa Rashidi (Khulna-4), the Health Minister said there are some 268 allopathic, 267 Unani, 207 Ayurvedic, 79 homeopathic, and 32 herbal medicine production industries in the country.
Answering to a starred tabled question from Begum Hazera Khatun (women seat-39), Nasim said that work is going on speedily to frame the National E-Health Policy and E-Heath Strategy.
Meanwhile, Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman said that the government has a plan to set up some 560 model mosque cum Islamic cultural centers in each district and each upazila with grants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 
"As per the plan, a project has been undertaken and process is underway to finalise the design of that project. Subject to the availability of funding and finalization of design as well as approval of the concerned authority, the implementation work will begin," he said. 
The Minister said this replying to a starred tabled question from ruling party MP M Nurul Islam Sujon (Panchagarh-2).

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