Punjab’s Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi announced the detention of an eight-member group, headed by a previously arrested doctor, for unauthorized organ transplants. Speaking from Lahore’s CM’s House, Naqvi disclosed that the group charged between Rs2.8 million and Rs10m for kidney transplants, with surgeries often assisted by a motor mechanic. Although many transplants were conducted in Azad Kashmir, the gang was also operative in Taxila. Naqvi praised the police’s diligent efforts and assured that any involved accomplices would be arrested. The case might be transferred to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) if necessary.
Punjab Faces ‘Pink Eye’ Outbreak
Separately, Punjab is grappling with a significant ‘pink eye’ (viral conjunctivitis) outbreak, with nearly 100,000 cases reported. Over 10,000 cases emerged in the past 24 hours, with the highest count in Bahawalpur. Punjab’s Health Minister, Dr. Jamal Nasir, cautioned against self-medication, which could harm the eyes. Conjunctivitis symptoms include redness, itchiness, and pus production.