QUETTA: Key to success is influenced by making commitments and fulfilling them, creating expectations and living up to them. Merck has been doing the same for the past 5 decades.
Managing Director of Merck Pakistan, Abdul Baqy Khan, addressing press in a ceremony to commemorate the completion of 50 years of Merck in Pakistan. The purpose of this event was to highlight the services and efforts done by the company for the challenging Pharma industry in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion he said, Merck continues to discover new ways to overcome the challenges ahead. With the legacy of scientific excellence, customer focus, innovation, and strategic focus on corporate responsibility; we are fully committed to lead the future of healthcare in pursuit of discovering better results.
In this phase of global competition, only those would survive who get themselves prepared for the unexpected, and Merck has the credit on sensing this urgency and taking practical measures with respect to it.
Merck is the only multinational company to have established a manufacturing plant in Quetta, Baluchistan.
The state-of-the-art production facility in Quetta includes manufacturing and packaging of solids (tablets & capsules), liquids (syrups), injectibles (ampoules), and ointments. Besides this, the important CSR projects catered in the vicinity of the city includes tree plantation at Hanna Lake, renovated OPD and casualty blocks at Civil Hospital, donated schools through TCF, support education expenses of SOS children village and have recently upgraded the Police Line Hospital.
Elaborating further Mr. Khan said, Merck is committed in enhancing the quality of people s lives around the world with innovative healthcare solutions. Globally at Merck around 40,000 employees in 67 countries are pursuing the Sustain, Change, Grow strategy to continue the Merck success story and improve quality of life for people everywhere.
At the celebration ceremony, he congratulated the whole team of Merck for taking high precedence on ensuring that the best possible health services are available to the community by the company. I am personally thankful to the Government of Baluchistan and media who supported us to carry out our mission with vision in Quetta, the people and the healthcare professionals who had blind trust in our medicines and medical facilities being provided to them, remarked Khan.
He also mentioned, We at Merck are very conscious of our responsibility to promote health. We wish to make our best possible effort to bring about positive change by joining hands with the public sector to provide quality medical care to the common people.
Merck exclusively focuses on reshaping, according to the present requirement, to combat against the future challenges and to come up with strategies to grow in emerging markets. Our mission is to operate the industry in a way that recognizes the corporate social responsibility of the business and balance it with commercial objectives thus ensuring well being in all dimensions, he added.
On 50th anniversary of Merck, Mr. Khan pointed out, Our core values are driven by a desire to improve human life, achieve scientific excellence, operate with the highest standards of integrity, expand access to our products, and employ a diverse workforce that values collaboration.
Integrated into Merck’s approach to corporate responsibility is a commitment to constructive engagement with stakeholders. Merck seeks to balance its responsibilities in ways that generate long-term shareholder value, while also considering the needs of other stakeholders.
Merck have organized free dengue medical camps and launched a comprehensive dengue awareness campaign regarding preventive measures against dengue virus. Merck aur Sehat Saath Saath? is a continuing and popular effort of Merck in Pakistan for educating masses against diseases. Merck also established medical camps in the rain-hit areas of the Sindh to provide free healthcare to the affected people in flood-hit places. The company has also allocated a budget of Rs. 20 million to cater to the needs of the earthquake victims.
Mr. Khan in his ending note was of view that despite the government has frozen the prices of medicines and hence there is no increase in the prices of medicines yet, but still we ensure the availability of quality medicines to the people. He personally feels that increase in the prices of medicines is essential for the survival of the Pharma industry in Pakistan.
Before addressing the press conference, Abdul Baqy Khan, Managing Director Merck signed an agreement for donating a family house to SOS Children Village Quetta amounting Rs 5 million.