Importance of strengthening Health cannot be undermined: Yusuf

Federal Minister National Health Services Muhammad Yusuf Shaikh said the importance of strengthening Health in a country cannot be undermined. He was addressing the Integrated Regulatory Information Management System here on Friday. He said as part of social development, Health sector and its allied disciplines need special attention for ensuring timely availability of Health facilities to the fellow citizens.
Yusuf Shaikh said that Government of Pakistan was continuously investing its resources and aimed at providing sufficient health care facilities in the country. The availability of quality and safe medicines is the essential component of this system where Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has been mandated to regulate therapeutic goods and it is essential that such international practices that will enhance its functions. Minister said the enhancement of its regulatory functions can be achieved more effectively using advanced, state of the art and internationally accepted practices including harmonized information management system.
The implementation of this software for integration of all data related to regulatory functions of DRAP in one system will help to improve the access to safe effective and quality medicine, he added. He said it is also necessary to harmonize the functions of DRAP with stringent regulatory agencies around the globe. It will boost the export volume of quality and safe pharmaceutical products to more regulated markets which will ultimately benefit the foreign exchange resources of the country.
The robust systems and ease of business will attract new investments in the field of pharmaceutical manufacturing, he added. Minister said accordingly, Implementation of Integrated Regulatory Information Management System (IRIMS) is a success of DRAP in updating its systems in accordance with modern technological needs. He expressed his pleasure that DRAP has adopted such system and is committed to ensure access to affordable quality assured, safe and efficacious medicine to the people.
“It is a process of continual improvement and I encourage DRAP to streamline its systems and processes”, he remarked. Speaking on the occasion Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DRAP said with technological advances and ease of access to information in this age, it has become mandatory to adopt computer assisted programs. The benefits of such computerized programs surpass all other modes of manual functioning. And there is no doubt that in order to meet today’s requirements of efficiency, effectiveness and management of huge amount of information and data, a software based system is necessary, he said. —APP

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