The Government Commences Inquiry Into Vision Impairment Caused By Local Injections

By Saba Shafiq

| Published Sep 25, 2023 | 12:48 p.m.

The Punjab government has established a committee to investigate instances of vision loss reportedly linked to the use of locally produced injections.

Up to 40 diabetes patients in Lahore experienced vision problems due to substandard injections. Chaudhry Manzoor, a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, disclosed that his brother and a friend suffered vision impairment after receiving these injections.

Punjab's Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare, Dr. Jamal Na

sir, took notice of these eye infection cases and formed a five-member committee. As per the official notification, the committee is tasked with delivering its findings within three days.

The committee is chaired by Dr. Asad Aslam Khan from King Edward Medical University, with other members including Muhammad Sohail from the Directorate General of Drugs Control, Dr. Muhammad Moin from Mayo Hospital, Dr. Tayyaba from Lahore General Hospital, and Prof. Dr. Mohsin from Services Hospital.

Reports indicate that diabetic patients in Lahore, Kasur, and Jhang districts received Avastin injections to address retinal damage. 

Caretaker Health Minister Dr. Nadeem Jan, speaking in Islamabad, mentioned that a locally produced injection had been recalled from the market, with legal action taken against the suppliers. 

He also stated that the five-member committee would comprehensively assess the situation and provide a report within three days.