24 private labs sealed for over-charging
LAHORE: The dengue virus has claimed two more lives here on Monday and the total death toll has reached 36 so far in the city. According to health department officials, 205 new dengue patients have been reported during the last 24 hours in Punjab, out of which 173 belonged to the provincial metropolis.
The health department and various hospital authorities confirmed total 36 deaths due to the dengue, however, reliable sources say that six dengue patients died on Monday. More than 16,500 cases of the virus-hit were reported across the province so far, out of which around 11,000 belonged to Lahore, they added.
The confirmed victims of dengue include Ali Raza, 21, a resident of Jhang who died at Jinnah hospital, while Inayat, resident, of Narowal passed away at Mayo hospital.
Meanwhile, Punjab Health Special Secretary Dawood Muhammad Khan Bareach while giving briefing at the KEMU committee room claimed at present 515 dengue patients were under treatment in different hospitals and all medical facilities were being provided to them free of cost.
He said 6,462 patients had been cured so far and discharged as well. The total number of dengue patients in Punjab had reached 6,666 out of which 6,126 belonged to Lahore, he added.
He told 10 blood testing centres were established in various towns in collaboration with a private laboratory that had provided free testing facilities to 6,329 patients so far. He claimed the most affected towns of Lahore were Gulberg Town and Data Ganj Bakhsh Town.
According to the health department, the Sri Lankan medical experts advised the people to come to hospitals if they did not feel better within three days after suffering from the fever.
The Punjab health department has sealed 24 more private laboratories while 63 medical stores have also been sealed for over-charging.
Meanwhile, the Punjab PMA held a press conference wherein they said the district administration, instead of carrying out fumigation during the months of February and March, shifted their burden over family physicians and laboratories in the City and started a nonsense drive under Section-144 against them without a prior warning. The district administration not only sealed the private labs unlawfully but also got cases registered against the doctors running these labs, they further said.
Dr Muhammad Tanvir, president PMA City chapter, Dr Izhar Chaudhary and Professor Muhammad Ashraf Nizami along with other members of the body condemned the govt action and demanded immediate withdrawal of the cases saying the people of the City had been deprived of the services of more than 110 labs. They said the doctors’ community was already conducting the CBC tests on the minimal rate of Rs90, while they were also ready to conduct special tests of dengue under the mechanism proposed by government.
A spokesperson for the Punjab government claimed that 500,000 anti-dengue kits were distributed in Lahore consisting of a brochure, spray pump and lotion.