Police have arrested a suspect in Arifwala, Punjab, accused of creating the harmful and unregistered injections causing vision problems for 87 people in the Punjab region.
The person responsible for this crime goes by the name Bilal. According to the police, Bilal was operating from Model Town and was making these injections without the necessary approvals and licenses.
These dangerous injections made their way to private hospitals in the area, and it was with the help of the Arifwala police that the suspect was caught.
The impact of these injections was felt across different parts of Punjab, including Lahore, where many people experienced severe vision issues. Shockingly, the government of Punjab revealed that the suspect made huge profits, as they could dispense up to 83 injections from a single vial.
Initially, the Punjab Health Minister, Dr. Javed Akram, reported that 68 individuals had been affected by these harmful injections. He assured the public that all necessary medical care and surgical procedures would be provided to those affected.
Furthermore, Health Minister Akram announced that these injections would no longer be used for eye treatments. Instead, a French laboratory has been brought in to investigate the situation thoroughly. A specialized research team is now working to find out where these harmful injections came from to prevent such incidents in the future and ensure the safety of medical practices.
Following the distressing news that 40 diabetes patients in Lahore experienced vision issues due to substandard injections, similar cases of vision impairment have now surfaced in other Punjab cities, including Multan and Sadiqabad.
The Punjab caretaker Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare, Nasir Jamal, made the troubling revelation on Sunday, pointing out that separate dealers were involved in selling counterfeit injections in multiple locations, including Lahore, Kasur, Multan, and Sadiqabad.