LAHORE - The Punjab Healthcare Commission on Saturday sealed two illegal drug addiction treatment centres, and closed down another 38 quacks’ premises.

According to details, the PHC teams had sealed the Silver Lining Drug and Rehabilitation Centre Sheikhupura for not having required qualified human resource, while the living and food facilities were also bad. Another centre Hussain Shifa Khana was also closed down since it was being run by a Hakeem. From these two centres, 17 patients were evacuated, examined and handed over to their relatives.

On the other hand, the PHC teams had sealed another 38 quacks’ businesses in Kasur, Lahore and Sheikhupura, where respectively 19, 10 and nine quackery outlets were closed down. As per the data, out of the 159 visited quacks’ centres, 63illegal practitioners had closed their centres. In Lahore, Chishtian Shafakhana, Ma’Sha’Allah Unani Clinic, Zain Medical and Surgical Centre, Al-Noor Lab, Moeen Dental Clinic, Rasheed Clinic, Jameel Clinic, Khurram Clinic and Al-Rahi Medical Centre were closed down.

Attacks on officials condemned

Various health professionals’ organisations have condemned attacks on the anti-quackery teams of the Punjab Healthcare Commission, and demanded of the government to provide security and bring culprits to book.

As per details, the Pakistan Medical Association, Young Doctors Association Pakistan and Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians, in their respective meetings, also appreciated the PHC for continuing crackdown on quacks, and pledged their full support for the Commission.

Central President PMA Prof Dr Ashraf Nizami chaired a meeting, which condemned the attacks on the PHC anti-quackery teams that were conducting raids on the quackery outlets as per the orders of Supreme Court. The PMA office-bearers demanded immediate arrest of the culprits, and deemed such attacks on the PHC teams as a hindrance to measures being taken for ensuring health facilities to the masses. Office bearers of the YDA and PAFP demanded that the government ought to investigate the matter thoroughly and ensure the arrest of the culprits at the earliest for bringing them to justice. They also asked the government to provide security to the anti-quackery teams of the PHC.