Two arrested in Avastin injection scam: Minister
Dr. Javed Akram emphasizes that there will be no leniency shown towards any suspects involved in the case.
Lahore: Interim Punjab Health Minister Dr. Javed Akram disclosed on Wednesday that two individuals were apprehended in connection with the Avastin injection scandal.
Dr. Javed Akram emphasized that there would be no leniency shown towards any suspects involved in the case.
The Avastin injection issue came to light when numerous diabetic patients in Lahore, Kasur, and Jhang districts were administered these injections to treat retinal damage, but instead, they developed severe infections. This alarming situation initially emerged with reported cases of adverse reactions to the drug in Kasur district.
The medical professionals revealed that the affected patients suffered from endophthalmitis, a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the inner eye coatings, leading to vision loss.
The authorities reported that approximately 68 patients in the province experienced significant vision impairment since the scam came to light. In response, the Punjab government placed an indefinite ban on the use of the eye drug across the province and also launched a data collection portal to gather information on affected patients and provide them with necessary treatment.
A comprehensive investigation was currently underway to determine the key factors contributing to vision loss among patients who received the injection in Punjab.
During a media briefing on Wednesday, the provincial health minister informed journalists about the arrest of two suspects linked to the injection scam. He assured the public that the incident was being thoroughly investigated from all angles, with a commitment to bringing all those involved in the scam to justice.
Dr. Akram asserted that the Punjab government was not under any external pressure during this investigation. He further revealed that surgeries were performed on 15 out of the 68 affected patients, and authorities were dedicated to restoring the vision of these individuals. Besides it, all outlets selling the adulterated eye drug were sealed.
In a previous development, the Board of Commissioners of the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) instructed senior management to conduct special inspections of hospitals where cases of eye infections resulted from the administration of Avastin injections to patients.
These directives were issued during an emergency meeting of the PHC Board of Commissioners chaired by retired Justice Muhammad Bilal Khan. A representative of the PHC also provided an update on the meeting convened by both interim provincial health ministers, Prof. Javed Akram and Dr. Jamal Nasir.
Amir Maqam calls on Nawaz Sharif in London
The PML-N KP President mentions the strong support from the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, saying that they will travel to Lahore to extend a warm welcome.
London: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Amir Maqam called on party Supremo Nawaz Sharif at his residence in London on Wednesday.
Both leaders discussed a wide range of topics, including in-depth discussions on political matters and party affairs concerning the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.
Nawaz Sharif, expressed his appreciation for the unwavering commitment of Amir Maqam, his family, and associates who stood steadfastly by the party, emphasizing that their dedication would forever be remembered.
Engineer Amir Maqam, during the discussions, conveyed the sentiment that the entire nation was closely observing Nawaz Sharif's leadership and believed that his guidance could lead the country out of the current challenges. He also mentioned the strong support from the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, stating that they would journey to Lahore to extend a warm welcome.
In addition to his meeting with Nawaz Sharif, Engineer Amir Maqam held discussions with other prominent leaders, including former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The meeting in London underscores the continuing engagement and dialogue within the political landscape of Pakistan.
New Delimitations: Number game for PM election changed
With the Election Commission's issuance of the updated constituency delimitations, the threshold for electing a new Prime Minister has been adjusted to require 169 votes.
Islamabad: In the wake of the recently implemented constituency delimitations, there have been significant alterations in the criteria for selecting the Prime Minister in Pakistan.
With the Election Commission's issuance of the updated constituency delimitations, the threshold for electing a new Prime Minister has been adjusted to require 169 votes. This is a notable shift from the previous requirement of 172 votes under the former constituency boundaries.
The total number of seats in the National Assembly has seen an increase to 266, including 60 seats reserved for women. Consequently, the total count of seats in the National Assembly has now reached 326.
It's worth highlighting that the Election Commission has released an exhaustive preliminary list detailing the new constituency delimitations, providing comprehensive information regarding constituencies for both the national and provincial assemblies. These changes in electoral boundaries are expected to influence the dynamics of the upcoming political landscape.
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