The Patients Welfare Society and the Chemists and Druggists Association protested against arbitrary increase in the prices of medicines.

They said that the prices of medicines are already sky-rocketing and beyond the reach of the poor but the medicine companies have further increased the prices which is uncalled for and unjustified.

Meanwhile, a citizen namely Mazhar Abbas has submitted a complaint to the higher authorities to probe into the allegation of irregularities committed in the purchase of medicines.

He alleged that medicines worth million of rupees were purchased during the current financial year but the medicines were not supplied to the patients and they were asked to purchase the same medicines from medical stores. He demanded action against the responsible officers of the Health Department.

VISIT: MQM Punjab leaders including its President Syed Shaheen Anwar and Vice President Munir Ahmad visited Hafizabad to organise the party in the area. They called upon the workers to unite to get the rights of poor and downtrodden protected. They called upon the newly-elected office-bearers to enroll dedicated workers and strive for the rights of poor.

GOVT CLAIMS: Provincial Parliamentary Secretary Food, Assadullah Arain has said that provincial government is committed to raise the living standard of the people and to ensure provision of all basic amenities of life at their doorsteps. Taking to different delegations at Hafizabad, he said that the Punjab government has accorded approval to establish a Model Bazaar in Hafizabad at the cost of Rs50 million in the premises of old vegetables and fruit market on Alipur Road Hafizabad to ensure provision of various commodities to the people at reasonable rates.

He said that the Punjab government is executing various development schemes in the district with the cost of more than two billions of rupees during this fiscal year. He said that measures are being taken to provide all necessary equipments and staff in Trauma Centre Hafizabad shortly for providing better medical care to traumatised people round-the-clock.