Govt intensifies drive against sugar smuggling

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The Punjab government has intensified the crackdown on smuggling of sugar and seized a huge quantity of the sweetener, being transported to Quetta illegally.

The Food Department foiled the bid to transport 900 maunds of sugar to Quetta from JDW Sugar Mills (Unit-1) Rahim Yar khan.

On report of the Special Branch, a team comprising food department and police officials caught the Truck bearing no TKK-686, carrying a huge quantity of sugar at a toll plaza near Chachran Sharif. An interrogation is underway from the arrested truck driver namely Ismail, resident of Takhatani bypass Quetta.

Meanwhile, Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Imran Sikandar Baloch presided over a meeting and directed to ensure safe blood transfusion at tehsil level.

Additional Secretary Technical Sundas Irshad, Dr Iftikhar from Nishtar Hospital and other officials participated in the meeting.

He reviewed the measures regarding reactivation of blood banks at tehsil level, storage and supply of bloods in hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary said that the Punjab government want to ensure safe blood transfusion at tehsil level. Safe blood transfusion is of paramount importance for complete eradication of Hepatitis A, B and C, AIDS and other diseases.

He said that infection rate 8.98 has been recorded in blood samples in Multan and Bahawalpur areas.

On the directions of Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid, safe delivery of blood would be ensured to blood banks across the province.

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