The federal minister has directed the district administration to launch crackdown on quacks, unqualified herbalists without any leniency.

The federal minster for health services, regulations and coordination directed that those non-profit organisations which fleeced the public be taken to task and their registration be cancelled.  However, those serving the humanity be patronised and encouraged, she said.

She further said that quacks were playing with the lives of patients and they be shown zero tolerance.

She was addressing a meeting of the district administration. she said that functioning of hospitals be improved to provide better facilities for the ailing humanity. She added that those found indifferent and lethargic in the performance of their duties be taken to task and those found working up to the mark be appreciated and suitably rewarded.

She further directed that free medical treatment be ensured in emergency wards, gynaecology/labour rooms and operation theatres. She said that more doctors were being recruited and the longstanding demand of the people would be fulfilled by appointing doctors in all the hospitals including RHCs and DHQ.

The participants included MNA Mian Shahid Hussain, DCO M Usman, EDO (Health) M Aslam, Medical Superintendents DHQ and THQ hospitals and doctors of all RHCs and BHCs.

The DCO and the EDO told her that various steps had been taken to improve the performance of doctors and paramedical staff in the hospitals. Moreover doctors are being recruited shortly which would further improve the health facilities in the hospitals.

UNFAIR MEANS: Five candidates of Secondary School Examination were caught red-handed by the invigilators while using unfair means in different examination centres. Murtaza was caught red-handed while using unfair means in Kaleke centre while Ibrar Ahmad, Faisal Ali and Naveed Ali were caught from Kassoki centre.

INJURIES: Four persons including the owner of a factory were seriously injured when the roof of an under-construction factory caved in in Chak Chatha.

Factory owner Khalid Parvaiz along with labourers Akbar Ali, Imran Ali and Bahdar Ali were standing on the roof of the factory when all of a sudden the roof caved in burying all of them under the debris. They were removed from under the debris by the Rescue-1122 and shifted to the DHQ hospital.