LAHORE A memorandum of understanding was signed between Punjab the government and International Health Partners UK for cooperation in health sector. Secretary Health Punjab Fawad Hassan Fawad, Anthony Dunnett of International Health Partners and President Pakistan Pharmaceutical Association Dr Khalid Saeed Bukhari signed the document. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Member Provincial Assembly Dr Saeed Elahi were also present on the occasion. According to the agreement International Health Partners UK will provide high quality medicines of $20 million to Punjab free of cost during five years and will also help improve the standard of pharmaceutical production. The CM, while appreciating the services of the International Health Partners for the ailing humanity, said the Punjab government was taking solid measures for development of health sector and the Punjab Health Commission had also been set up for this purpose. He said free of cost medicines were being provided to the patients in hospitals first time in the countrys history, and he had taken solid measures during his last tenure for eliminating the heinous trade of spurious drugs which yielded positive results but this business again took roots in the era of the last government. However, the present leadership is making efforts to put an end to this evil trade. Provision of free of cost medicines to the Punjab govt is a commendable step and the funds thus saved will be spent on the uplift of health sector, he said, adding that drug test laboratories in Lahore and Multan would be up-graded as per the international standards with the cooperation of the International Health Organisation. Head of International Health Partners, Anthony Dunnett said his organisation wanted to work with the Punjab govt for the provision of quality medicines. He also commended the efforts of the provincial govt for the improvement of health sector.