Hoarders, profiteers of medical supplies to be arrested, penalised

A crackdown has been planned against sale oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment in black to reap illegal profits in the province on Tuesday.

Department of Healthcare Punjab has relayed a summary to the Ministry of Interior demanding imposition of section 144, stating that illegal hoarding and profiteering off of oxygen cylinders was causing tremendous duress to the local public and had become a nuisance.

Secretary healthcare has requested a strict action against hoarders and profiteers by law enforcement agencies.

The summary further read that due to non-availability of oxygen cylinders in the province, coronavirus patients were having to through tremendous ordeal as the lack of these cylinders hampers their recovery in a big way.