Through your online newspaper, I would like to bring a very serious issue under the notice of the local administration as well as the health department authorities.
During a visit to my hometown of Booni from Karachi, I have noticed that some people belonging to outside Chitral have dumped used rubber Foley’s catheters in the local market. Unknowingly, the shopkeepers are selling these rubbers to the locals, especially young boys, who use them in making slings/catapults (Ghuleel).
I am working at the Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi and know well that these rubbers (see picture) are used Foley’s catheters. However, some unscrupulous people belonging to different areas out of Chitral have obtained the rubbers from different hospitals in major cities and after colouring them are selling them in far-off areas such as Chitral. Common people cannot differentiate these used catheters from the rubber that are specifically produced and used for making slings.
These catheter rubbers have been used on patients and are therefore highly infected and can cause different diseases among the people such as hepatitis, AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
The authorities must take action against the people who are supplying these infectious rubbers to the local shopkeepers and seize the stock in the Booni bazaar and other areas of Chitral for the interest of the common people.