Senate wants comprehensive health policy to regulate blood transfusion, medicines sale

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Islamabad—Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Friday emphasized that there should be a comprehensive health policy to regulate sale of medicines and sale and transfusion of blood in the country. In a meeting chaired by Senator Rahman Malik here, Senators Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif and senior officials of Ministries of Interior as well as Law and Justice have been tasked to prepare proposals in this regard to ensure improvement.
Rahman Malik said a report in this regard be submitted in the Committee during next four weeks time. Minister of State for Interior, Baligh-ur-Rehman, Senators Javed Abbasi, Shahi Syed, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif and senior officials of concerned ministries attended the meeting.
The meeting discussed Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which was moved by Senator Azam Khan Swati. The mover of the Bill said in Pakistan, many patients lose their lives due to transfusion of unhealthy and unsafe blood which is mainly due to negligence by medical staff who fail to exercise due care. Azam Swati said this bill aimed to attach penal liability for those who were responsible for causing death or injury to the patients by blood transfusion. He said if a patient lost his life or was paralyzed or sufferd from any other infirmity, due to transfusion of defective or unhealthy blood, those responsible for such transfusion would be punished.
He said the Bill requires amendment which include: Insertion of new section 320A, Act XLV of 1860 and Insertion of new section 337JJ, Act XLV of 1860. The meeting was informed that Ministry of Interior was not in a position to offer substantive view on the Bill and the amended Bill might be forwarded to Ministry of National Health Sciences and Regulations since blood transfusion had a regulatory aspect associated with it and there might be specific legislation wherein there were penal clauses for non-compliance. Accordingly, it would be appropriate that not only Provincial Government but also the Ministry of Health Sciences and Regulations may be consulted for views/comments.—APP

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