LAHORE - Punjab government has announced financial assistance of five lakh rupees each to heirs of those died due to reaction of the medicines of PIC and two lakh rupees to each under treatment patient and Commissioner Lahore will give Rs 30,000 in cash to each patient present in the hospitals for immediate expenditures while rest of the amount (Rs 170,000) will be paid through cheques.

This was stated by Convener Special Committee constituted by Punjab Chief Minister, MPA Kh Salman Rafiq, Kh Imran Nazir and Prof Javed Akram while addressing an emergent press conference at DGPR on Tuesday.

MPAs said that Punjab Chief Minister had started work on war-footings to cope with the matter and eight different committees had been constituted for the scrutiny of the medicines. Similarly, the samples of medicines had been sent to different laboratories for analysis in the country and abroad.

They informed that cases were being registered against the institutions involved in manufacturing of sub-standard medicines under Section 321 CrPC and a committee comprising Home Secretary, IG Punjab, Prosecutor General and Secretary Law had been constituted which could include more sections in these cases according to the situation. They informed that according to the strict instructions of Punjab Chief Minister, anyone found involved during the investigation would be awarded exemplary punishment.

Similarly, new rules and regulations would be formulated for ensuring strict scrutiny of the medicines in future, they added.

Prof Javed Akram said that presently 419 patients of this disease were under treatment in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir, out of which 174 patients were in Lahore and out of these; the condition of 45 was serious. He said that so far, 69 deaths had been reported. He highlighted the technical aspects of the medicines and answered the questions of journalists.