Islamabad, December 05, 2017 (PPI-OT):Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services and Regulations in its meeting on Tuesday was told that fee structure of private medical colleges will remain unchanged until PMDC finalizes an independent audit of their incomes and expenditures. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi here at the Parliament House and was attended among others by Senators Kalsoom Parveen, Dr. Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi, Khalida Parveen, Naseema Ehsan, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh, Secretary National Health Services and Regulations, and officers from CADD, ICT administration and MCI.
Regarding mechanism to be adopted to control the quality of food, especially supply/sale of substandard/unhygienic milk and poultry in the country the meeting was told by Assistant Commissioner Islamabad rural that out of 89 milk samples taken over last year, 60 were below standard and only 29 were satisfactory. The Committee was also told that the matters relating to health in the federal capital come under three different departments and are not consolidated under one authority. The Committee decided to hear Chief Commissioner Islamabad, Municipal Corporation of Islamabad, and CADD in the next meeting on the matter.
The Committee meeting was given a detailed briefing by Ministry of National Health Services and Regulations on taxation system for cigarette manufacturing companies on all brands. The Committee strongly recommended that there should be high taxation on cigarettes so that their use is discouraged. The Committee observed that illicit use of cigarettes is an enforcement issue but taxation is a policy issue and FBR should bring its proposals for tackling the same in the next meeting.
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