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PHC seals 47 quack outlets, six labs

By Our Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) closed down 47 fake treatment centres, six illegal laboratories and a blood bank, says a press release issued on Sunday.

The PHC enforcement teams along with the police force checked 237 centres during the last week across four cities. They found 68 quackery outlets converted into other businesses. Out of the closed centres, 16 were in Okara, Faisalabad 15, Gujrat 12 and four were in Nankana Sahab.

On the other hand, in a special operation in district Vehari and its tehsils, a team of the commission had conducted raids on 13 laboratories and three blood banks. Out of these, six illegal labs and a blood bank was sealed.These were operating without the requisite qualified human resource, using expired and substandard kits, and were issuing unverified examination reports.

Moreover, samples had been stored in refrigerators along with edibles and water. Also, standard operating procedures were not followed for blood screening.

The spokesperson also added that the PHC has so far sealed 17 labs in Vehari, and 1,014 across the province.

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