LAHORE – The Punjab government has taken action in response to reports of numerous patients losing eyesight allegedly after receiving locally manufactured “Avastin” injections at various hospitals in the province.
A five-member committee has been established to investigate these incidents and will provide its findings within three days. Additionally, the committee will propose recommendations to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Punjab’s Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare, Dr Jamal Nasir, acted swiftly upon learning of these eye infections and set up the committee. The committee is led by Dr Asad Aslam from King Edward Medical University, with members including Muhammad Sohail, Director General 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 treat retinal damage, which led to severe infections and resulted in the loss of eyesight for approximately 12 patients.
Dr Asim Gill, who administered the injections, explained that Avastin is typically used to restore vision damaged by diabetes, with patients usually receiving three to four injections. However, in this case, several patients experienced vision loss.
Mayo Hospital’s Prof Asad Islam raised concerns and reported incidents of patients suffering from blinding eye infections due to unsterilized Bevacizumab injections in various parts of Punjab. He recommended that Avastin injections be exclusively purchased from Shaukat Khanum, a suggestion he had previously communicated to the health department.
Pakistani rupee continue to witness further losses against US dollar in the open market on despite positive economic indicators and massive surge in Stock Market.
On Tuesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.1 for selling and 288.15 for buying purposes for customers.
Euro price moves down by Rs2 to 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling after increase.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.24||36.59|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – Gold continues to move upward in local market amid surge in international rates.
On Tuesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,600, and the price for 10-gram gold saw increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,557.
Globally, yellow metal went up by $12 to settle at $2,015 per ounce.
Last week, per tola gold price increased by Rs800 per tola, and it hovers around two month high.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|