ISLAMABAD -  The federal government may face tough time in upcoming National Assembly session for non-availability of Tuberculosis drugs throughout the country, which may adversely affect 500,000 patients.

PPP, major opposition party, has submitted a call-attention notice in the National Assembly secretariat. “As Pakistan is world’s fifth highest TB rate, the government needs to address this matter as it cannot be ignored,” said PPP’s lawmaker in a notice.

“We the undersigned would like to draw the attention of Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination towards a matter of urgent public importance regarding the non-availability of Tuberculosis (TB) drugs in the country,” said PPP lawmakers Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr Shazia Sobia, Shahida Rehmani, Dr Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto and Beelam Hasnain in a notice.