Federal Govt Decides To Introduce Auto-Disable Syringes
The federal health ministry has decided to introduce auto-disable syringes in the country next year. This was announced by federal minister for health Dr Zafar Mirza during an interview with a private TV channel.
The decision was taken after a recent investigation into HIV outbreak in Larkana proposed to ban use of injections at the clinics by General Practitioners. He added that the government plans to impose ban on use of syringes and replace them with auto-disable syringes in all government and private hospitals across the country.
“By the end of the first quarter of next year, we hope to completely eliminate disposable syringes in the private sector hospitals and replace them with auto-lock syringes,” he said.
The health minister added that comprehensive talks had already been held with with relevant stakeholders including manufacturers and importers. Moreover, an injection safety committee and a task force will also be formed to put an end to the re-use of disposable syringes.
Dr Zafar Mirza further stated that provincial governments will also be asked to stop procuring disposable syringes for public hospitals.
“We’re also talking to provinces to stop procuring disposable syringes for public hospitals.”