Fat-soluble toxin was mixed in sweets in Layyah: Report
LAHORE—Justice (R) Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhary presided over a meeting of special inquiry committee constituted by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif for determining the causes of death of 31 persons due to food poising by eating toxic sweets (Laddoos) in Tehsil Crore Laal Eson, Layyah at Civil Secretariat.
Justice (R) Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhary re-viewed in detail the reports prepared by concerned departments regarding Layyah tragedy, which stated that Chlorphenapyr, a fatsoluble toxin, was mixed in the “Laddoos” prepared in celebrating the birth of a baby. Hundred local persons were affected due to eating this toxic sweet. On knowing the laddoos were toxic, about 50 persons used Desi ghee as treatment totka due to which the toxin was defecated from the body as a result of vigorous vomiting and lose motions.
Justice (R) Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhary stressed upon the need of creating awareness among the people in order to avoid such incidents in future and added that aware-ness should be created through the school going children regarding hygienic living.
These kids will later on spread awareness among their parents. He said that government should expand the scope of the latest medical facilities to far-flung areas as well so that each and every household in the society would feel safe and sound as for as the healthcare is concerned.
Convener committee Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmed Khawaja and members committee Secretary Primary Health Ali Jan, Secretary I&C Farasat Iqbal, Additional IG Special Branch Faisal Shahkar, DG Punjab Forensic Science Authority Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Tahir, former DG Punjab Food Authority Sajid Chuhan, Pesticide Specialist Agriculture University Faisalabad Prof. Dr. Suhail Ahmed and prominent Prof. of Medicine Dr. Eice Muhammad, District Coordination Officer Layyah, District Police Officer, EDOs Health and Agriculture Layyah besides Cane Commissioner Punjab Waqas Aalam who has been given additional charge of DG Punjab Food Authority were present in the meeting of the special inquiry committee.