Punjab Parliamentary Secretary for Health Khawaja Imran Nazir on Friday said that 90% Jaundice and other infectious diseases occur mainly due to used medical equipments and infected blood transfusions.

Talking to private news channel, Nazir Ahmad said that Punjab Government might bring new legislation regarding sale and purchase of infected blood and used medical equipments.

"It is being considered to change the law from bale able warrants to non-bale able warrants of the criminals with heavy penalty".

He informed that strict legal action would be taken against all those found involved in this heinous crime.

"Owners of illegal blood banks would be awarded three-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 15,000 under Safe Blood Ordinance 1999," he said.

The provincial parliamentary secretary underlined the role of medical practitioners for ensuring use of screened blood and pointing out those who had been indulged in illegal business of infected blood which is causing transmission of AIDS, hepatitis and other fatal diseases.

Khawaja Imran Nazir said that under the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the government is committed to provide basic health facilities to patients and to promote safe health practices such as blood transfusion and use of medical equipments.

He added that government would also give incentive to doctors to motivate them and compel them to perform their duty faithfully. He said that international experts on blood transfusion have been engaged for experience and knowledge sharing purposes.   

He said that the Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority has been activated to regularize blood banks besides initiating action against unregistered blood banks.

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