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Senate investigates drug causing blindness

The Senate Ad-hoc Committee Investigating the use of Avastin injection for eye treatment has halted administrative of the drug to eye patients.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Orhoghide gave the directive while interrogating management of National Eye Center in kaduna.

He said the drug was administered to Ten people with eye defects who went blind but later recovered their sight.

Senator Matthew Orhoghide stated that the drug will be investigated from point of production, transportation storage and administration to identify where the fault occurred.

Earlier, Chief medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Mahmood Alhassan had explained that over the years the drug was safely administered to more than Two Thousand patients in the hospital until the report of the recent case in the Month of May this year.

Dr. Mahmood Alhassan emphasized that the Ten eye patients were still undergoing intensive checkups In the hospital.

Records from the hospital shows that Seven Million Five Hundred and Eight Thousand Five Hundred and Sixty Naira has been spent by the hospital to address the problem.

 Also Present are the event were senator Bala Ibn Na’alla, management of the National Eye Center and all the victims of the drug.


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