Kabul residents said that due to the high prices they cannot buy essential medicine.
“Doctors write every prescription for 6,000 or 5,000 Afghani and we are not able financially to buy medicine,” said Basharmal, a Kabul resident.
“The price of medicine is high, we cannot buy it but sometimes we buy half,’ said a Kabul resident.
The Union of Pharmacists said there is a shortage of medicine as imports from India have dropped and this has had a negative impact on the quality and price of medicine.
“Flights from India have been decreased, and less medicine is imported and there are high prices that customers cannot afford,” said Parwez Sediqi, Medicine Seller.
“The prices and quality have increased by 50 percent but if the situation continues like this the traders will import medicines with low quality and low prices so people can buy it,” said Tawab, a pharmacist.
The head of the Union of Pharmacists said that the price of medicine for cancer and viruses and heart diseases has increased by 50 percent because there are imposed restrictions on imports of these medicines into the country.
“We ask the Islamic Emirate to facilitate trade so they can import medicine,” said Jan Agha, head of the Union of Pharmacists.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Food and Drug Authority spokesman said that they have not imposed restrictions on the import of medicines into the country but have prevented the import of low quality medicines into the country.
“The medicine that entered the market in the past was completely without documentation, which had no guarantee of quality or safety, now all borders are open, and the administration provides enough forms for applicants every day,” said Jawed Hazher, the spokesman of the Afghanistan Food and Drug Authority.
According to the Chamber of Commerce and Investment most medicine is imported from Turkey and Pakistan.