70 trucks carrying drugs stuck in Raxaul

Birgunj, January 8

Seventy trucks carrying medicine worth around Rs 450 million are stuck in the Indian town Raxaul across the Nepal-India border due to the ongoing agitation called by the Madhes-based parties.

The trucks that have arrived at the transit point in Birgunj have not been able to enter Nepal due to the agitation and the ongoing blockade at entry points. As a result of blockade, health centres across the country are facing an acute shortage of medicines.

“Seventy trucks carrying imported medicines are stuck in Raxaul of India,” said vice president of Chemists and Druggists Association of Nepal Prakash Khandewal said. He also called on all sides concerned to be sensitive to the fact that medicines might be damaged due to the temperature variation.

A large quantity of medicines imported from India enters Nepal through the Raxaul transit point. Nepal annually imports medicines worth around Rs 35 billion from India and third countries