LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Wednesday sought reports from Secretary Health Punjab, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College and others by December 17 of action taken on breaking locks of expired medicine stock room in Jinnah Hospital.
The Chief Justice passed the orders on a petition filed by Mureed Hussain through counsel Aftab Ahmad Bajwa against distribution of expired medicines by the Health Department Punjab.
As proceedings started, the report of inquiry committee headed by DIG Maj (R) Mubashar Ullah was presented in the court. The court was informed that the expired medicines were kept in donation room of Jinnah Hospital and its locks were found broken.
The Chief Justice expressed dismay over the situation and sought a report from respondents on action taken in this regard besides adjourning matter till December 17.
The petitioner, in his petition, submitted that the drug inspectors raided Jinnah hospital’s medicine store in 2012 and found that many expired medicines were being supplied to the patients. On inquiry, it was further revealed that a part of expired medicines stock was also distributed to flood affectees in 2010, he added.
He said the Punjab government constituted a committee which held then secretary health and others officials responsible for the distribution of expired medicines.
The petitioner pleaded the court to sought the inquiry report and take action against responsible.