Lahore: Cases registered against traders cashing in on dengue panic
LAHORE: On Monday, the city district government registered cases against eight traders for selling fumigation machines and spraying medicines at high prices. The prices of apple juice, papaya juice and lemon juice, which are being used to cure dengue, went up in the market since the spread of dengue virus.
The leaf of the papaya tree is also being sold in the market for Rs 100 to Rs 200 per leaf. LCCI spokesman Sahid Khalil said that they had decided to donate money to help control dengue and that cheques would soon be handed over to the Punjab chief minister and governor in this regard. He said that the amount would be in the millions. He said that the Lahore chamber had always helped the people of Punjab and other provinces and that they would leave no stone unturned to help the troubled people in this hour of need. Qaumi Tajir Ittehad Liberty Market Safdar Chairman Butt said that they had fumigated the whole market with the help of the Punjab government. He said that the Punjab government was making efforts, but had failed to control the mosquitoes so far, and added that only a change in the weather could kill the mosquitoes. He said that prime minister had also made an appeal for flood relief and that the traders’ community would raise funds in this regard. On Monday, during a special meeting, the Punjab chief minister said that the Health Department was working day and night to control dengue, adding that the real stakeholders were the people and that a large-scale awareness campaign would be needed to guide people to control the spread of dengue-causing mosquitoes.