Pak wants to buy contraceptives directly from India
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 18:57
New Delhi: Signalling better ties in the health sector, Pakistan has sought a mechanism for buying contraceptives directly from India instead of going through foreign agencies.

According to Pakistani Population Welfare Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan, Islamabad does not manufacture contraceptive commodities.

"We pay to UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) which through international bidding purchases contraceptive commodities for us," she said at an ASSOCHAM function here.

Awan said after this bidding process, the contraceptives are sent to Pakistan via Dubai.

"This increases costs, transportation and there is also a problem of storage," Awan said adding she has requested Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad that there should be a joint mechanism for the contraceptives to be supplied to Pakistan directly from India.

"I requested him we should sit and decide how the contraceptive commodities we indirectly get from India could be (supplied to Pakistan) through a joint venture or some other formal arrangement," she said.

Awan had met Azad yesterday and the two sides had discussed a host of issues, including improving ties in the health sector.

Sources in the Health Ministry said that the Pakistani Minister had raised the issue of contraceptives during the meeting yesterday but there was no commitment from the Indian side.


First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 18:57

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