GUJRANWALA: Seven more people died after consuming tainted cough syrup here, rising death toll to 34. The deceased are Kamroo, Ramzan, Younis, Qasim, Faisal, Saleem Sabir and Maqbool. Sources disclosed that seven more people were still being treated at the DHQ Hospital.
Meanwhile, teams of the district administration, Health Department and the police sealed 15 medical stores for selling intoxicated cough syrup. Under instructions from Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the district administration has launched a crackdown against medical stores selling spurious medicines. Giving break-up, Dr Mahjabeen, who supervised the crackdown, said that six medical stores had been sealed in Nandipur Town, three in Aroop Town, four in Qila Didar Singh Town and one each in Kamoke and Wazirabad.
TOBA TEK SINGH: Two more people died after taking intoxicated cough syrup, rising death toll to four here. The deceased are: 20-year-old Nadeem, a labourer of Chak Athwal, and an unidentified man in his 50s. Relatives said that Nadeem was a drug addict and had taken the entire bottle in a single swig. The unidentified man was found dead in a bus-shelter outside TMA Park while an empty bottle of the cough syrup was lying beside him. When contacted, EDO Health Dr Ashraf Javed claimed that all four deaths, including two on Friday, were not result of cough syrup as there was no such report at DHQ Hospital.
He said that all syrup bottles had been taken into custody from medical stores. He said that they had taken 14 more samples of cough syrup from several medical stores and sent them to a laboratory for examination.