LAHORE - The Punjab Healthcare Commission closed down 68 illegal businesses of quacks in the Khanewal district during its weekly raids.

According to a press release issued here on Monday, the Commission has initiated further action against these quacks. As per details, two teams of the PHC visited 129 treatment centres and found that 61 clinics were being run by qualified medics, and were registered and licensed by the Commission. The rest 68 were involved in illegal medical practices and their premises were sealed. In Khanewal 20 clinics of quacks were sealed, in Mian Channu 18, in Kabirwala 17 and in Jehanian 13. Out of these, 26 were general practitioners, 18 medical stores, seven hakeems, six each homeopathic doctors and laboratories, four dentists and a bone setter.  The spokesperson for the PHC said the Commission was making efforts for raising standards of the healthcare service delivery across the province, and quacks would not be allowed to play with the lives of the masses. "The PHC will eliminate quackery in all its forms and manifestations. Since July 2015, the PHC has taken action against over 6,000 quacks, and imposed a fine worth Rs43 million," he added.