The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) sealed 228 quackery outlets during the last week, while its teams visited 1,123 treatment centres across the province. According to the spokesperson of PHC on Sunday, the crackdown on quacks was carried out in 21 cities, including Lahore along with the police and district authorities. The PHC teams had visited 117 fake clinics in Pakpattan, 110 in Nankana Sahib, 106 in Sargodha, 104 in Rahimyar Khan and 101 in Jhang. The teams made the raids according to a census, which showed that on 408 quackery premises were also housing the activities of other businesses. Among the sealed centres, 25 were in Khanewal, 24 in Dera Ghazi Khan, 23 in Rawalpindi, 22 in RYK and 21 in Pakpattan. It is pertinent to mention that since the Supreme Court order in April this year, PHC had conducted raids on 21,752 treatment centres and closed down over 6,300 quacks outlets. On the other hand, the district governments visited 3,159 centres and sealed 1,523 outlets. Cumulatively, both have visited more than 24,900 and closed down 7,862 quackery outlets. Since July 2015, PHC has sealed over 16,500 businesses of quacks across the province. Published in Daily Times, October 22nd 2018.