CM Zehri calls for end to spurious medicines

Instructs concerned officials to mount an effective campaign to eliminate the illicit trade.


PHOTO: AFP

SHABQADAR/ QUETTA/ BUNER/ BAJAUR: Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri on Sunday directed all concerned departments and officials to initiate a drive against the distribution and manufacture of spurious drugs and medicines in the province.

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Issuing the directions, Zehri said “merchants of death and destruction should not be spared at any cost and should be eliminated at the first available opportunity.” He specifically directed provincial health officials to set up special cells with a clear target to attack and destroy gangs and business groups involved in the nefarious trade of spurious and sub-standard drugs.

The chief minister appealed to people to come forward and help the state machinery in eliminating the illicit trade from all parts of Balochistan. He said “those involved in the nefarious trade deserve no sympathy from any quarter of the civilised world and they should be singled out, arrested and punished severely.”

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Zehri laid special emphasis on the role of doctors and public servants in the far flung areas in keeping an eye on those involved in the illegal trade. He instructed public servants to not come under pressure from any quarter so that spurious drugs are eliminated once for all.

The chief minister reminded all concerned that there are laws available to deal with spurious medicines. If need be, he said, his government will introduce more laws to prevent criminals from playing with human lives.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2017.

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