Death toll from poi­sonous sweets rises to 29 in Layyah

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

LAHORE—An­other fe­male pa­tient who had con­sumed poi­sonous sweets on Wed­nes­day lost her life in Jin­nah Hos­pi­tal Lahore, rais­ing the death toll to 29. The wo­man named Nus­rat along with five other peo­ple was shifted to Jin­nah hos­pi­tal late Tues­day night. She died in the morn­ing whereas the other peo­ple are un­der treat­ment.

Dera Ghazi Khan Di­rec­tor Gen­eral (DG) Health has ad­mit­ted that no an­ti­dote is avail­able in re­gards to the toxic used in the sweets. Sul­fony­lurea, an acid used in the amal­ga­ma­tion of roots, has been used as the toxic in the sweets the an­ti­dote of which is not avail­able.

The poi­sonous sweets were dis­trib­uted among peo­ple af­ter the birth of a child in a fam­ily in Layyah. The Pun­jab gov­ern­ment has con­sti­tuted three mem­bers com­mit­tee to probe into the in­ci­dent. Gov­ern­ment has also is­sued di­rec­tives to shift vic­tims to Jin­nah Hos­pi­tal Lahore.

The pes­ti­cide de­tected in the sweets is banned in Pak­istan, and shops are not per­mit­ted to sell it. The shop has been closed down, and the own­ers, two broth­ers, have been taken into cus­tody.

Fi­nally tak­ing no­tice of the deaths caused by the poi­sonous sweets, Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Shehbaz Sharif formed an eight­mem­ber team in­clud­ing Com­mis­sioner Dera Ghazi Khan, Medico Le­gal Sur­geon Pun­jab Dr Waseem Haider, King Ed­ward Pro­fes­sor of Medicine and Foren­sic Agency ex­perts to look into the mat­ter.—INP

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