The Punjab government on Sunday prohibited for a considerable length of time the deal and utilization of a privately fabricated injection, supposedly liable for causing loss of vision in a few patients in the territory, until quality check results were gotten.
Punjab Govt. Panel To Stop Usage of Alleged Injection
Moreover on Saturday, the Punjab government shaped a five-part panel to test the deficiency of vision among patients after supposedly being directed privately fabricated infusion “Avastin” at various medical clinics in the region.
Additionally, the board of trustees will be driven by Ruler Edward Clinical College Dr Asad Aslam Khan as convener. Different individuals incorporate Chief General Medications Control Muhammad Sohail, Mayo Clinic’s Dr Muhammad Moin, Lahore General Emergency clinic’s Dr Tayyaba and Administrations Emergency clinic’s Prof Dr Mohsin.
Reports of Retinal Damage Due To Use of Avastin Injection
According to reports, diabetic patients in Lahore, Kasur, and Jhang districts were administered Avastin injections to address retinal damage.
However, these injections led to severe infections, ultimately resulting in the loss of eyesight of approximately 12 patients, including the brother of senior PPP leader Chaudhry Manzoor and his friend.
Taking to social media platform X (formerly Twitter) today, Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi said a crucial meeting was held with the health department and doctors to address the Avastin-related blindness cases and an action plan for devised.
Immediate Action by Caretaker CM Punjab
As per the plan, “immediate strict action” would be taken against drug inspectors responsible for the availability of non-sterile injections with a pending inquiry.
However, Mohsin Naqvi said the government of Punjab would provide free treatment to all the patients and a high-powered inquiry team had been formed for swift investigation.
“The police have been instructed to ensure the arrests of those responsible,” the CM added.
Held a crucial meeting with Health Department and Doctors to address Avastin (Bevacizumab)-related blindness cases. Here’s the action plan:
1. Immediate strict action against drug inspectors responsible for availability of non-sterile injections with a pending inquiry.
— Mohsin Naqvi (@MohsinnaqviC42) September 24, 2023
Recall of Injection From Market
Earlier in the day, caretaker Health Minister Dr. Nadeem Jan said the injection had been recalled from the market while a case been registered against the suppliers.
However, speaking to the media in Islamabad alongside Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Dr. Jamal Nasir, the minister said that reports regarding the injections had been received from Multan, Kasur, Lahore and Sadiqabad.
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