The Ministry of National Health Services notified the senate on Friday that medicine prices had risen by up to 311.61 percent in the previous two years.

As per information provided by the ministry in the Senate, the prices of basic medicines in Pakistan have increased by 5.13 percent over the last two years, whereas the prices of low-cost drugs have risen by 7.34 percent, while the prices of 102 medicines have increased by 2.53 percent to 311.61 percent.

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The house was also notified that 44.48 million vaccination doses were donated by November 15th, out of a total of 177.04 million doses.

COVAX supplied 36.68 million doses of vaccinations, while China gave 7.7 million doses. The government has acquired the remaining 132.56 million Covid-19 vaccinations.

It is worth noting that the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) requested in August that the government reconsider its decision to raise medicine prices, especially those for important and life-saving medications.

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Furthermore, in a written response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the Senate that 309 personnel are stationed in Pakistani embassies. There are 272 professional diplomats and 25 personnel from other departments among them.

In addition, 12 retired military officials are stationed in Pakistani embassies across the world. Six former military officers in Grade 22 and six in Grade 21 serve in Pakistani missions. While 6 career diplomats from the Foreign Service are posted out of the nation in grade 22, 25 career diplomats are posted out of the country in grade 21.