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Health Minister: 98% of demand in Bangladesh for medicine is produced locally

  • Bangladesh exporting medicines to 157 countries
  • Medicines worth Tk5,900 crore exported in 6 months
Update : 13 Feb 2024, 08:20 PM

Health Minister Dr Samanta Lal Sen on Tuesday said that Bangladesh has made continuous progress in the pharmaceutical industry as 98 percent of the country's total demand for medicine is now produced locally.

“Almost all medicines produced in Bangladesh are being exported to 157 countries of the world,” he said.

In response to the question of independent MP elected from Dhaka-19 Muhammad Saiful Islam, the minister said that incentives are being given by the government to encourage the export of medicines produced in the country.

“As a part of this, incentives are being given at the rate of 10% this year,” he said.

Responding to Awami League MP elected from Laxmipur-1 Anwar Khan, the minister said that medicines worth Tk5,900 crore have been exported in the first six months till December of the current financial year.

In response to independent MP elected from Laxmipur-4 Md Abdullah, the health minister said that about 32 types of medicines are being provided to community clinics and 105 types of medicines to government hospitals free of cost.

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