LAHORE - Issuing directives from London, Punjab chief minister yesterday directed the provincial administration and authorities of Health Department to accelerate ongoing campaign against spurious medicines.

The chief minister said that he would not rest content till the eradication of this nefarious trade. He said that those playing with human lives deserved no leniency and the elements involved in this bogus business would be dealt with an iron hand.

Shehbaz Sharif said that life of every citizen is dear to us and we cannot leave the people at the mercy of the mafia involved in manufacturing fake drugs. He said that this heinous trade will have to be curbed at all costs.

Shehbaz Sharif said that government is engaged in providing quality and better medical facilities to the people and provision of quality medicines to them is also of paramount importance.

He said that government is setting process of procurement, distribution and supply system of medicines on modern lines which will result in elimination of misappropriation of medicines and substandard medicines. He said it lamentable that elements involved in trade of spurious and substandard medicines are playing with the lives of the people.

The chief minister said that action was taken by his government against those involved in heinous trade in the past and now campaign has been launched against them with full force. He said that government is introducing such a system due to which equal medical facilities will be available to all sections of the society and standard medicines are available to everyone without any discrimination.

The Chief Minister said that the fake business of medicines has to be eliminated at every cost and all segments of the society have to play an active role in this regard. He said that government has evolved a comprehensive system for the eradication of business of bogus medicines and cash prizes will be given to those providing identity and correct information about the persons involved in such heinous trade.

Shehbaz Sharif said that the names of such dutiful citizens will be kept secret who will inform about those involved in this heinous business. He appreciated the efforts of concerned institutions for eradicating trade of spurious medicines.

He stressed upon the need of expediting this campaign and making the business of fake medicines a past story forever. He said that those displaying outstanding performance in the campaign against the persons involved in spurious drugs will be encouraged.

SHEHBAZ UNDERGOES

MEDICAL TEST

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif underwent medical checkup in London yesterday as various medical tests were conducted.

The chief minister reached London for medical checkup on the other day. It may be mentioned that the routine medical checkup of Shehbaz Sharif was to be conducted three months ago but due to performance of official affairs, he could not undergo his medical checkup in time.

A few days ago, the chief minister became ill and doctors had advised him complete rest but he started routine government activities after rest of only 24 hours. He also performed his official responsibilities from morning to afternoon prior to his departure on a foreign tour. The Chief Minister will soon return to the country after medical checkup.

Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif in his message on death anniversary of Maj Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, has said that Maj Shabbir Sharif Shaheed sacrificed his life for the defense of the country. He said that the entire nation is proud of his supreme sacrifice.

Shehbaz Sharif said that those laying down their precious lives for the protection of motherland are heroes of the nation. He said that Maj Shabbir Sharif Shaheed fought bravely against the enemy and embraced martyrdom. The chief minister said that Maj Shabbir Sharif Shaheed will live forever in our hearts.