Health official sacked over negligence that caused blindness
Gharbia governor Ahmed Daif Sakar visits patients at Tanta Eye Hospital
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CAIRO: Undersecretary of Health Ministry in Gharbiya governorate Mohamed Sharshar was dismissed from his position after a number of patients were blinded after receiving injections of unlicensed drugs, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The Tanta Eye Hospital conducted 19 operations on Feb.8; seven of them were eye injections, where two cases recovered but five suffered severe complications; two of them were blinded.

The patients had eye injections with an unlicensed supply of Avastin, Youm7 quoted the hospital manager Badr el-Din El-Sayed.

Sayed blamed the patients for procuring the Avastin, which is the “cheapest injection” according to him, adding that what happened to the patients are complications due to the injection and not negligence from the hospital, Youm7 reported.

In Egyptian hospitals, patients are often responsible for procuring and purchasing treatments and supplies from adjacent pharmacies and stores before the staff will began any operation or procedure.

Sayed was released and other doctors were summoned to be investigated over the usage of the injection on the patients.

In Egyptian hospitals, patients are often responsible for procuring and purchasing treatments and supplies before the hospital staff will began any operation or procedure.

The Minister of Health Ahmed Emad el-Din assigned Magdy el-Ashry, undersecretary of the ministry for health insurance sector in Gharbiya, to replace Mohamed Sharshar, who was sacked over the crisis.

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