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Substandard Eye Injections Lead to Vision Impairment in Punjab

In a shocking revelation, counterfeit eye injections have led to vision impairment among numerous diabetes patients across several cities in Punjab, including Lahore, Multan, and Sadiqabad. The issue came to light when it was discovered that the eyesight of nearly 40 diabetes patients in Lahore was adversely affected due to these substandard injections.

Nasir Jamal, the Punjab caretaker Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare, disclosed on Sunday that separate dealers were found selling these counterfeit injections across various cities in the province. He stated that an investigation is currently underway to gather data on those involved in this illicit network. However, no arrests have been made so far.

In addition, a list of victims affected by these fake injections is being compiled. During a press conference, the interim Federal Health Minister, Nadeem Jan, informed the public about the ongoing investigation. He revealed that a five-member committee has been formed to investigate the cause of the victims’ vision impairment.

The committee will scrutinize all aspects of the situation to determine whether the issue lies with the medicine itself, the doctors’ competency, or the sterilization of the tools used. The inquiry is expected to take around two to three days.

Following these revelations, the Punjab Health Department constituted a committee headed by ophthalmologist Dr. Asad Aslam to probe into the matter. This action was taken after Chaudhry Manzoor, a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, revealed that his brother and a friend’s eyesight were affected after receiving these injections.

During the press conference, Jan announced that all medicine stocks had been withdrawn from the market and a First Information Report (FIR) had been lodged against two suppliers. According to the FIR against one of the suspects, Naveed Akbar, a case has been registered under sections 23 and 27 of the Drugs Act 1976 and section 30(2) of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Act 2012.

The federal minister assured that victims will be compensated and provided with top-notch medical facilities while ensuring that those responsible will face justice.

Meanwhile, Jamal stated that a sample of the counterfeit injection has been sent to the lab of the Punjab Health Department for further analysis. He also mentioned that they have received the names of 20 affected individuals so far.

A multinational company produces the injection in question and has been in use for a long time. However, it was recently discovered that this medicine has a high-profit margin and is being sold for Rs100,000 per injection. The exact number of people affected by this injection is yet to be determined, but preliminary findings suggest between 14-20 cases.

 

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