As many as 665 medical stores in Bahawalpur Division were raided and 426 samples were collected while 39 medical stores were sealed while action against 44 quacks was taken according to the law during the last month.

It was disclosed in a meeting that 50 cases have been sent to drug court for hearing. Throughout the division, a collective sum of Rs3.280 million has been received in fines. Drug court has sentenced a person namely Muhammad Ameen to 5 years imprisonment and two others namely Kamran Yousaf and Rana Sajid were sentenced to 3 years in imprisonment each.

They were involved in the business of fake and substandard medicines. Similarly, two persons including Rashid Nazeer and Nazeer Ahmad were sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment. Likewise, Syed Khalid and Muhammad Khalid were sentenced to 6 months in jail.

It was also decided in the meeting that crackdown on quacks will be conducted next month throughout Bahawalpur Division and their clinics would sealed to control quackery in the region. The second meeting of Divisional Task Force Bahawalpur Division meeting was held in the chair of Bahawalpur Commissioner Saqib Zafar.

Addressing the meeting, he directed that raids be conducted on the medical stores involved in selling substandard and fake medicines and cases be registered against them according to the law.

It was also decided that samples of the medicines would be taken immediately in the raids. It directed to check the pharmacies of the public and private sectors hospitals. Teams would also conduct raids on the pharmaceutical industries in each district and upon the report of special branch, action be taken immediately, the officials present in the meeting were directed. On the occasion, MPA Qazi Adnan Fareed said that recommendation for amendment in the medicine laws be made.

Another meeting was held to review Health Reforms Road map at DCO office in which District Coordination Officer Imran Sikandar Baloch said that throughout the district, modern mobile software and electronic devices are monitoring the process of health department.

The DCO praised the performance of Health Department and their supervisory staff. The DCO was briefed regarding the Health Reforms Road map. Dr Zakir said that in 2012, pneumonia and other vaccines were included in the program. At the end of the meeting, the DCO issued directions regarding the availability of doctors and medicines at rural health centres and basic health centres.