BAHAWALPUR -More than 500 medicines were tested at a local laboratory while 30 companies have been banned for providing substandard medicines, disclosed an expert. During his visit to Punjab's third biggest Drug Test Laboratory in Bahawalpur, Punjab Cooperative Minister M Iqbal Channar was briefed by Director Laboratory Munawar Hayat about the facilities available in the laboratory. He said that tests from eight hospital of Bahawalpur Division will be conducted at the laboratory.

The minister said that the government was taking steps to provide healthcare in Southern Punjab. He added that at the laboratory, tests are conducted according to the international standards. He added that along with high tech machines, highly trained staff had been deployed in the laboratory.