Unreliable and unauthentic laboratories are creating major health issues as they continue to go unchecked. The number has increased, with the lack of any mechanism to check their reliability, they are growing like mushrooms. They do not have qualified staff or proper machines. These laboratories are cheating people and damaging lives. For many the results are a matter of life and death. Tests, whose results take days are given in an hour, are self-generated and it seems the only equipment they need and have is a printer. Since the government is not doing anything, steps should be taken by private hospitals to provide reliable laboratories. Where is our Health Ministry, and what is it doing? Do they have any functions or are they in hibernation like the rest of the state machinery?

ZAINAB KHALID,

Lahore, August 25.