A society that exploits the sick and destitute is doomed. According to press reports Federal Government has replaced an honest professional (Dr Obaid Ali) from post of Federal Drug Analyst for his refusal to declare 181 fake medicines as genuine. It exposes their corruption and total disregard for health of ordinary citizens of Pakistan. During past four years, when Health was a federal subject, manufacture of spurious drugs increased, because of failure of Drug Regulatory Authority to exercise strict controls. We have witnessed millions displaced and thousands killed by floods in past two years, not because of lack of funds allocated for construction of bridges, roads, protective bunds and drainage system, but because of state patronised corruption that allows substandard construction, or even in some cases their mere existence on papers, while billions are pocketed by this nexus between corrupt bureaucracy, contractors and politicians. It seems even exposure of Ephedrine scam has not deterred the corrupt from playing with lives of poor.
MALIK TARIQ ALI,
Lahore, July 16.