Crackdown planned on gutka sellers, quacks


KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Friday directed deputy commissioners and additional commissioners of all the districts to confiscate gutkas, mannpuris and ginger, washed in acid, under Pakistan Penal Code, and dump them at landfill sites or set them on fire right away.
He also nominated a committee for crackdown on quacks. The committee comprised Additional Commissioner-I Sirajuddin, Deputy Commissioner West Muhammed Ali Shah, Deputy Secretary Health Sindh Dr Azhar Ahmed Shah, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Secretary Dr Qaiser Sajjad and leader of Commissioner Youth Committee, Shazia Mirza.
Siddiqui said proactive strategy was being adopted against ill wills of quacks, who practiced as a doctor and were becoming reason of deaths of the ignorant people, who in an attempt to save some money put their life to risk at the hands of quacks.
He said this while presiding a meeting regarding gutkas and quacks at his office. PMA secretary told the meeting that more than 60000 quacks were working in Karachi only and 0.65 million in all over the country.
All the deputy commissioners and additional commissioners were also directed to take strict action in cooperation with health department Sindh against quacks showing no mercy.
Azhar Shah informed the meeting that health department Sindh had raided against quacks. He also gave his hotline numbers (99222630, 03333647800) for complaint regarding presence of quack.
Meanwhile, the commissioner expressed disapproval over Pakistan Medical & Dental Councils performance against gutkas, while taking notice of its absence in the meeting.
Deputy Director Health Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Dr Irfan Khan told the meeting that a large number of gutkas and manpuris were confiscated by KMC in the last month and all of them would be destroyed by coming Monday.
Siddiqui directed the concerned officials to ban narcotic items such as betel nuts, cigarette and gutka in and around government education institutes and for on duty government organizations workers. Very aggressive strategy is required to stop these hazardous things in the public interest, he said.
He directed additional commissioners to pay surprise visits to educational organizations to ensure that no such thing was being sold there.

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