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Body formed to probe into vision loss through local injection

10:51 AM | 24 Sep, 2023
Body formed to probe into vision loss through local injection
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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.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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