LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that if officials had discharged their duties diligently after deaths in Lahore due to the cough syrup, deaths in Gujranwala would not have happened.

Chairing a meeting in Lahore Saturday to review causes of deaths due to cough syrup, the CM said that preventive measures can avert unfortunate incidents like that.  He said that samples of the syrup had been dispatched abroad for test to determine who was responsible for the deaths.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Special Advisor Khawaja Salman Rafique, Punjab chief secretary, acting IG police, secretary health, Punjab Forensic Science Agency director general attended the meeting.  The chief minister said the Health Department needs to play a vital role in preventing such lamentable incidents in future.

He said that an effective mechanism is drastically needed to test the raw materials used in the preparation of medicines.

He said that an effective check and balance system should be adopted to monitor preparation and supply of medicines to avoid such incidents in future.

The CM ordered that authorities concerned submit a report in two days on the implementation of decisions taken regarding the Punjab Institute of Cardiology’s medicine case.