Fat-sol­u­ble toxin was mixed in sweets in Layyah: Re­port

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - SALIM AHMED

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.

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