CHITRAL: Spurious and Indian drugs are on sale in Chitral
due to the absence of drug inspector in the district for the last
two years while taking advantage of the situation, illegal medical
practitioners are feeling free to carry on.
A businessman connected with pharmaceutical business told Chitral
Times requesting anonymity that the fake and Indian drugs have
inundated the local market adversely affecting the business of
genuine and legal drugs and the pity is that the real drugs are
also being looked at askance.
He said that all this happened as the drug inspector posted in
Chitral in March 2014 remained absent from the duty willfully and
no notice of his absence was taken till August last when the
incumbent deputy commissioner surrendered his services to the
province but the competent authority kept him posted here till
Although the truant drug inspector has been relieved from Chitral
in April this year but no substitution has so far been made as a
result of which the post of vital importance is still going vacant,
He said that recently the district health officer has moved a
proposal to the government for giving dual charge of drug inspector
of Chitral district to the one in Upper Dir district but it is
totally impracticable idea keeping in view the enormous area of
Chitral and the sensitive nature of duty of the incumbent.
When contacted the district health office (DHO), Dr. Israrullah for
his version, he confirmed that such a proposal has been sent to the
high ups of health department and said that such arrangements had
been made in the past as well when the drug inspectors of the
neighboring districts of Dir or Swat were assigned dual charge of
He also confirmed that the former drug inspector kept himself
willfully absent from the duty from his very date of posting in
March 2014 and all his efforts to bring him to duty ended in
failure and it was the incumbent DC Chitral who surrendered his
services to the province in August last year.
He said that in the absence of drug inspector, no body in the
department or district administration has the authority to check
the spurious drugs or illegal medial stores and medical practice
and the standard maintained in diagnostic laboratories as the
powers to do so have been invested only in drug inspector as given
in the Drugs Act 1976.
The DHO said that the medial store owners challenged his authority
when he tried to perform some of the urgent duties of drug
inspector to search the fake drugs when he raided the medical
stores along with the magistrates and they had to discontinue it.
“There must be free for all situation in the drug and healthcare
market in the absence of relevant authority (drug inspector) and as
a DHO he was quite helpless”, he said adding that even the checking
of unhygienic food stuff in the market falls in the domain of drug
He was also of the opinion that a drug inspector of another
district cannot cover Chitral spreading over an area of about 15000
square kilometers making the posting of one unavoidable.