LAHORE Pakistan Medical Association has welcomed the Punjab Government decision of exempting medical profession and laboratories from section 144, withdrawal of FIRs registered against medics and stoppage of Police interference at private clinics and labs. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, the representatives of PMA, Private Lab Association, Private Hospital Association and YDA alleged that the Police was blackmailing owners of clinics and labs under the excuse of implementing the government decision regarding treatment of Dengue patients and fee of CBC tests. While appreciating the decision of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the office bearers of various associations offered full support to the public and government at this difficult time. As per the decision of various organisations, all private labs, clinics and hospitals were bound to follow government directions to face the challenge of Dengue virus. All the laboratories, hospitals, clinics having the facility of hematology analyzer will perform CBC and platelets count at Rs 90. All the private hospitals, not attached to any private medical college, will reserve 20 per cent of beds for dengue patients and they will charge only price of medicine. The hospitals attached to private medical colleges are bound to provide free medical treatment to all the patients admitted on 50 per cent of the total bed strength. PMA takes the responsibility of monitoring these services through its disciplinary committees and the government is urged to withdraw police to avoid the harassment.