Senate to investigate alleged blindness caused by Avastin injection 

The Senate has set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the case of blindness caused by the use of Avastin injection at the National Eye Centre, Kaduna.

According to a resolution of the Senate on Wednesday, the 6-man committee would be led by Sen. Mathew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo South), with a mandate to report back in two weeks.

Mover of the motion, Sen. Aishatu Ahmed (APC Adamawa- Central), recalled that ten people who went for minor eye treatments were rendered blind through the injection administered on them by the hospital on May 28.

“On May 28, 2019, ten patients visited the National Eye Centre Kaduna, unaided for poor eye sight due to cataract and other minor ailments.

“But to the shock of the patients and the general public at large, they went blind after taking an eye injection (Avastin Injection) at the centre.”

The motion received supportive contributions from Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani (PDP Enugu-East), Sen. Abba Moro (PDP-Benue) Sen. Albert Bassey (PDP Akwa Ibom) and Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti-Central).

The Senate, therefore, resolved to set up an Ad hoc committee to carry out a holistic investigation on the use of Avastin injection for eye treatment.

It also called on the NAFDAC and Federal Ministry of Health to suspend the use of the injection across hospitals in Nigeria.

In his ruling, the President of Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, commended the mover of the motion and expressed serious concern over the plight of the victims.

“This is a very serious and sensitive matter, the Senate is here to ensure everyone in Nigeria is protected from such eventualities,” he said.


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