LAHORE: The Punjab government on Friday suspended the MS of Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital and senior medical officer in a matter related to fake Covid vaccine entry under former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name.
As per details, MS Ahmed Nadeem and Dr Munir Ahmed have been suspended and asked to report to the primary and secondary healthcare department. Notification in this context has been released by specialized healthcare department.
Dr Muhammad Aijaz Butt has been given additional charge of the MS of the Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital.
The app was developed following complaints about people using fake vaccination certificates to avail facilities of indoor dining, travel and hiring rooms in hotels.
On the other hand, a four-member team has prepared a report in this regard and presented it before Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar.
The probe team comprising of officials from FIA and the provincial health department had seized important documents and records from the hospital’s administration.
The action came after fake record showed that Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London, received his first dose of coronavirus vaccination at Lahore’s Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital.
Fake record was also uploaded on National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) portal. As per the entry, Nawaz Sharif had administered first jab of the Sinovac vaccine while he was due to receive the second one.
FIA orders probe into fake vaccination
Following reports of a fake corona vaccination in the name of PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, the Punjab government’s health department has approached the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime for investigation and legal action.
A letter issued by the health department addressed the deputy director of FIA cybercrime and asked him to investigate against the person who made a fake entry of corona vaccine in the name of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
The letter quoted Geo News, ARY News, Dunya News, City 24, GNN News and Lahore News as saying that news of fake corona vaccine in the name of Nawaz Sharif was aired on these and other channels. Are
The health department told the FIA that the fake entry of corona vaccine in the name of the former prime minister had taken place from Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital.
In addition, according to the information provided in the letter, the name of the vaccinator was Naveed Altaf, while the vaccine was given on September 22 at 4:04 pm.
On the other hand, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz had expressed concern over the incident calling it ridiculous.
He had told the media outside the court premises after the hearing in the Avonfield reference in the Islamabad High Court that while coming to the court, he heard the ridiculous news that Nawaz Sharif had been issued a certificate for corona vaccine.
“Like the current government, the vaccine record system is fake and I am concerned that the international community may react,” he said.
It may be recalled that PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif had gone to London for treatment on a four-week bail in December last year and is still residing there.
Several cases are pending in court against him, one of which was a non-bailable warrant issued by the London High Commission.
The Punjab Health Department on Thursday took notice of and ordered investigation into a “fake entry” of Covid-19 vaccination in the government portal under the name of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who left Pakistan for the United Kingdom in Nov 2019 — months before the first case of the virus was even found in the country.
According to a letter sent by the Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the “fake entry” in the National Immunisation Management System was made from Government Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital in Lahore.
The letter stated that the entry of Sharif’s inoculation with the first dose of Sinovac vaccine was made on Sept 22 (Wednesday). “It is hereby requested to kindly investigate and take necessary action against the fake entry,” the letter reads.
Later in a press talk, Punjab government spokesperson Fayyazul Hassan Chohan said an investigation had been ordered and anyone found responsible would be punished.
Chohan said fake entries of vaccinations were being reported all over the world. “Surf the internet and you will see how countries are coping up with the challenge of fake Covid-19 vaccine entries,” he said.
Fake vaccination entry exposes system: Maryam
During a press conference in Islamabad earlier in the day, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz expressed her surprise at the “fake vaccination” of her father, saying, “this could draw an international reaction over the kind of system Pakistan has for vaccine administration and registration.”
Later on Aug 14, the government had launched the ‘Pak Covid-19 Vaccination Pass App’ to identify fake vaccination certificates and facilitate inoculated people.
“It only exposes the system and its vaccine registration mechanism,” she
said, adding: “I am worried about it.”
Sharif had left Pakistan for medical treatment in London on November 19, 2019, days after he was released on bail from a seven-year sentence for corruption. He has not returned back to Pakistan since.
Pakistan had confirmed its first two cases of the novel coronavirus on Feb 26, 2020 — more than three months after Sharif’s departure for the UK.
Pak Covid-19 Vaccination Pass App launched to fight fake entries
Earlier in July, Lahore police had booked three officials of the primary and secondary healthcare (P&SH) department on charges of making fake Covid vaccine entries at the Expo Centre.
The officials had received a bribe from five people for administering an AstraZeneca vaccine, which was not officially administered, but the staffers had made fake entries in the record.