LAHORE: The health officials in the Punjab capital ordered a probe as a fake entry was surfaced on Wednesday in which the CNIC of three times Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in Britain for medical treatment, was used while the data was uploaded to the NIMS and NADRA portal.
As per the data, the PML-N founder was inoculated with Sinovac, a two-dose Chinese vaccine, on September 22 despite the fact that Sharif is in self-exile in London.
Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department of Punjab sent a letter to the cybercrime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency which cited the bogus entry in the NIMS portal was made by an employee of Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital in Lahore.
Meanwhile, the officials have collected all the records from vaccination points to probe into phony vaccine entry under the name of the former premier which also raises doubts over the transparency of the mass vaccination drive in the South Asian country.
It also emerged that the employees at Kot Khawaja hospital had made the vaccination entry without verifying the details.
Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital MS Dr. Ahmed Nadeem, in his statement, said that two of the accused have admitted making fake entry against the CNIC of Sharif while both employees were sacked from their jobs with immediate effect.
On the other hand, the NCOC chief Asad Umar seem unaware of the matter as he said that ‘he was not aware of fake Covid vaccine entry incident’.
Furthermore, PTI Minister and Punjab govt. spokesperson Fayyazul Hassan Chohan confirmed the probe. He mentioned that the culprit would be punished accordingly however he justified the act saying “fake entries were being reported across the globe”.
PML-N Vice President and Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz also lambasted the authorities over the incident. The matter will garner international attention over the haphazard system of vaccine administration and registration in Pakistan, she added.
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