Dr. Essa Laboratory Episode

I & many of my friends just got this email recently. Please comment if you have any such idea or if you know about this issue, specially those who know any character in the story personally. The email sender S. Farhan Ahmed says it has come to public knowledge that Dr.Essa Laboratories, North Nazimabad, Karachi is indulged in criminal activities of Sample Pooling thus playing with the lives of hundreds of people who come to the laboratory for a blood test. The email is in detail & to prove the point it mentions the contact info even.

We would like to request any official from Dr. Essa Laboratory to verify or deny such incident in public interest. It’s the matter of great concern for general public. Please do so specially if someone is trying to defame you. Here is the email.


My brother Mr.Syed Irfan Ahmed who has recently joined a multinational company was asked to do a blood test. The company before employing any individual conducts a body screening test so they referred Dr. Essa Lab, North Nazimabad Karachi as one of their panel laboratory & close to the residence as well. These blood test reports were dated 31.03.2006 & 04.04.2006 respectively created against the blood sample of my brother Mr.Syed Irfan Ahmed who has recently joined a multinational company.

I collected the report from Dr. Essa Lab, North Nazimabad, on 31.03.2006; I was shocked to see the Dr.Essa findings and diagnosis of 24yrs old individual as Hepatitis C Virus with remarks of HCV antibodies reactive. After getting the report I contacted to Dr.Farhan Essa and asked him to review the report as its a life & career matter but they said it is checked & verified by Dr.Essa personally & he further emphasized that this report is final and cannot be checked again instead & they are confident about their result (false claim)

DR. ESSA Lab conduct Test on ELISA Standards AKUH conduct test on MEIA Standards I went to Aga Khan University Hospital in order to re-examine the blood sample and Alhamdullillah AKUH report was good & reflected Hepatitis C Virus NON-Reactive to further confirm the AKUH test another advance test of PCR (Paramarase Chain Reaction) was also conducted on an emergency basis which is most costly blood test in order to further confirm the Negativity of HEPATITIS C VIRUS and the report also appeared NEGATIVE (Alhamdullillah) I had to spend the whole night in the Aga University Hospital just to figure out how far their report is true.. what are their parameters, what are their reference, who is going to endorse the report, who is the pathologist/consultant, I also met 2 more poor patients at AKUH laboratory that diagnosed by Dr.Essa as HEPATITIS C VIRUS… after such findings and denial of HEPTATIS C VIRUS by Aga University Hospital I started consulting with Different Individuals as referred under:

1. Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, AKUH
2. Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, OMI & Ziauddin
3. Pathologist, LNH
4. Pathologist, POF Hospital Wah Cantt
5. Microbiologist, Abbott Laboratories
6. Pharmacist, ICI Pakistan Limited
7. General Physicians, Samdani Hospital
8. Clinical Specialist, AKUH

After thoroughly reviewing & gathering all possible information & opinion it has come to my knowledge that they are engaged in the Criminal Activities of Sample Pooling (in this system they mix 4 blood sample of 4 different individuals and conduct a test just to save a cost of the kit in conducting 4 individual test). The reliability is ZERO in SAMPLE POOLING and if any one among them is infected with a virus certainly all three will be reported with the same virus & what they hag done to my brother as well. Met with Dr. Farhan Essa at Dr.Essa LABORATORIES, North Nazimabad, and Karachi and give them a very tough time with FIA inspector.

Dr. Farhan Essa personally called & accepted their mistake & would like to only compensate the expenses that have incurred in the repeat test at AKUH. He further offered that if any blood test related to my brother will be free… This acceptance shows that they are engaged in malpractices & playing with the life of the people.

This misreporting has taken me & my family in agony & pain that cannot be stated in words. The fear of loosing our brother in next 5 years was such a pain. Hepatitis C Virus is controlled not cured & take a shape of LIVER CANCER in 5-10years. (God forbid)

I would like to request all persons who are reading this please do communicate to the people around you. This little information can save many people from AGONY & PAIN

Your wellwisher
A sufferer,
S. Farhan Ahmed
0300-8260301
syed_farhan_ahmed@yahoo.com

61 Comments so far

  1. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 4:19 pm

    Oh dear. The infamous chain mail. Now I’ve been in the mainstream media for some time, and there is something that I can say about handling such e-mails.

    This is the rule of thumb: you never never never publish anything forwarded by an e-mail unless it came straight from the source, and the source is known to you. And THEN you verify it from all parties cited. No matter how “important” the news is. When it’s a libel case (defamation), it’s your honor as well as the affected person’s honor on line, and this is a line that is never crossed without verification, re-verification, and the exercise of the good sense.

    There is no “for your info only” in such cases. The golden rule is, would you like a false piece of info about you circulated just for info, and be asked to verify or deny it? No? then use the same logic when passing on edfamatory info about others.

    All societies have one rule for rumor: pass it on only to the relevant authorities, and never to the public. It always causes harm. Remember the Hot ‘n’ Spicy virus rumor? That put their business down for days.

    Even if this information is true, this is not the way for the affected to deal with it. He should have written to the concerned authorities, the judicial authorities, and as the last resort: press. The press has the means to verify the news, and they will not let a juicy opportunity pass.

    Besides there is always the good sense test: there are many people who will be phobic of tests after these rumors, from Essa or anywhere. Panic of this sort just must not be spread. I only appreciate Dr. Awab and Huma’s discretion in this regard.

    For the interest of the affected (Essa? The claimer?), and to avoid any legal notice this post should remove the e-mail IMMEDIATELY and post an explanatory note instead.

    For your info, I was served a legal notice for using the words “Got Brains?” in one of the posts on KMB – the words turned out to be the trademark slogan of a company. I changed the words (after protesting with the company).

    P.S. As for the “doctors” who commented. Please! It could be any impersonator teen having a laugh. You just CANNOT use a public forum for making serious allegations! Karachi Metblog must not feature such things at all. Leave it to the real journalists.


  2. Najeeb Alvi (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 5:51 pm

    Dear Mr. Farhan,

    Your widely forwarded email eventually reached my inbox too. I must say that i agree with a couple of things you mentioned and also disagree with you on some aspects.

    Like you i have had experiences as that in many places……….( organizations which i am too polite to mention!)

    I had an experience with Essa Lab and Dr. Essa personally. My father was very very sick with pnuemonia and he was resistant to all bacterias according to the report at Agha khan and also many other labs i had it tested in . When a uncle of mine said that maybe you should go to Essa lab as Dr. Essa is a pioneer in this field. I thought i should do what i could for the life and good health of my father. Doctors had given up , but how could i, for i am a son. At 11 pm at night on 16 Feb 2002…. i went to Essa Lab and found Dr Essa sitting under a bright lamp, making reports. I told him of the situation and he agreed to help me and right awat he sent technicians to collect my fathers sample , and at 3 pm in the night Dr Essa came to my home and delivered the result by hand . We started his recommended therapy immediately and by the grace of Allah in 10 days my father who could not even lift his head from the pillow was walking around.

    For me Essa lab has saved not only my fathers life and whoever i have come across helped them in anyway they could. Dr. Essa was never known to me before this incident but even then he agreed to help me . How many people you know would come to your home and deliver a report at home and save a persons life.

    So brother farhan , i have couple of things i want to ask you and all of you who have been forwarding this email…..for people with logic and intact brains should think about what they do before they do it

    How come its not your brother who is writing this email, after all he should be more annoyed then you, it is his life after all!!!
    You did write that Dr. Farhan called you up and asked that your brother repeat the test free of charge…i dont see the reason why you didnt take up his offer and had it repeated……did you not want to prove that you were right that his test was negative or that you did not want to prove true that Dr. Essa had the correct result the first time.
    It is common knowledge that all the people working in Agha khan are or have been Dr. Essa’s students…..even the technicians have been working and have been trained in Essa Lab
    With you stooping so low , that not only you have tried to make negative publicity about Essa lab but also about your brother. Did you realize that now everyone would think that maybe your brother had HCV, which can be proved with time ( as you said 5-10 years!!) and that you have totally disregarded your own brother’s , your own blood’s privacy and respect!
    It almost seems that someone has paid you to do this negative publicity . If your brothers test is negative you and your family should be happy and thank almighty Allah that he is free from a horrible disease . Brother i ask you to go distribute laddoos and thank Allah and pray that ruining someone elses reputation doesnt cause you to ruin your own!!!!

    And all to all of you forwarded adressees, life is about respect. I hope you respect your organization as much as anyone elses and that when you use your work emails next time, please be aware that your seniors and your organizations such as EPLA, Habib Bank, Hubpower, Unilever, Siemens, Telecard and Standard chartered, Bank Alfalah, would take kindly for you using their name in such a disreputable fashion!

    So brother Farhan all i ask is “think before you leap!!!”” especially when its about someones dignity, privacy and self-respect!

    Regards,

    Najeeb Alvi


  3. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

    *This comment has been edited earlier?*

    Oh dear. The infamous chain mail. Now I’ve been in the mainstream media for some time, and there is something that I can say about handling such e-mails.

    This is the rule of thumb: you never never never publish anything forwarded by an e-mail unless it came straight from the source, and the source is known to you. And THEN you verify it from all parties cited. No matter how “important” the news is. When it’s a libel case (defamation), it’s your honor as well as the affected person’s honor on line, and this is a line that is never crossed without verification, re-verification, and the exercise of the good sense.

    There is no “for your info only” in such cases. The golden rule is, would you like a false piece of info about you circulated just for info, and be asked to verify or deny it? No? then use the same logic when passing on edfamatory info about others.

    All societies have one rule for rumor: pass it on only to the relevant authorities, and never to the public. It always causes harm. Remember the Hot ‘n’ Spicy virus rumor? That put their business down for days.

    Even if this information is true, this is not the way for the affected to deal with it. He should have written to the concerned authorities, the judicial authorities, and as the last resort: press. The press has the means to verify the news, and they will not let a juicy opportunity pass.

    Besides there is always the good sense test: there are many people who will be phobic of tests after these rumors, from Essa or anywhere. Panic of this sort just must not be spread. I only appreciate Dr. Awab and Huma’s discretion in this regard.

    For the interest of the affected (Essa? The claimer?), and to avoid any legal notice this post should remove the e-mail IMMEDIATELY and post an explanatory note instead.

    For your info, I was served a legal notice for using the words “Got Brains?” in one of the posts on KMB – the words turned out to be the trademark slogan of a company. I changed the words (after protesting with the company).

    P.S. As for the “doctors” who commented. Please! It could be any impersonator teen having a laugh. You just CANNOT use a public forum for making serious allegations! Karachi Metblog must not feature such things at all. Leave it to the real journalists.


  4. redsnapper (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 12:43 am

    @MB

    I don’t know some of the people writing comments here. Maybe you do, as one of the authors at KMB.

    Could it be possible that a proxy war has been started here ? First there were some people posing as doctors going for Dr Essa’s neck and now such strong support.

    Maybe you need to close this thread if the person with the complaint refuses to come forward.


  5. redsnapper (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    @MS.QU3ST @MB

    I checked with the lady in question. She doesn’t live here, so I emailed her after getting the info from you.

    She’s had the PCR done and grateful that she’s HCV negative.

    Thanks again for the info and followup.


  6. MB (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 2:43 am

    @Red snapper:

    Thanks dear for the help and support. Yes i am about to wind up this topic. I was just waiting for last “jasoos” of mine to give me a final report. Then i will probably post a long one with the findings. Thanks again for trying at your level.

    About proxy war, Well, I was myself amazed at this change but i guess it was because initially people with anger posted their views & now those who have some info are posting.


  7. wasiq (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 4:01 am

    sorry SARAH(!!!D) all i meant was that it is a serious Post even if it comes from MB. look at the # of comments. Is the record broken or what???


  8. Najeeb (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 5:42 am

    Hey guyz,

    The email i posted on the site , i also sent to Mr Farhan( the complainer!!!) who had widely forwarded this email to everyone and still keeps coming back to my inbox. He has apparently complained of my “spam mail” to gmail?!!! I mean look who’s talking. I mean who exactly started this email forwarding thingy………..I guess mr farhan should be a number one complainer for the guinness world of book record.

    Guilty people stab your back and hide behind masks, come forward and argue like a man…….if you are one that is????

    My last plea for people with logic ” if god forbid i was diagnosed with cancer, i would have a test done a couple of more times to confirm if its positive or if i have the disease….i was diagnosed with a tumor once and had it done again in england and it was negative, now i dont go around forwarding emails to defame anyone..i was just glad that i was clear and alive, their saying it did not give me the disease…….

    so my last word would be that we are not idiots, we can recognize the truth or if its a malicious intent

    regards,

    najeeb


  9. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

    Mr. Farhan ask for a life now!

    Are we reaching towards the conclusion of a cunning defaming conspiracy?

    I think this thread serve the purpose, atleast next time people won’t be believing such mails at first place.


  10. Dr. Seema Ather (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    Bringing to attention what we all know that even AKU with its swamped system has made clerical errors resulting in lawsuits. While Essa Lab is probably one of the very few labs in Pakistan which are ISO quality certified but as a nation we are quick to put a blind eye on everything and trust a person who with a malicious intent tries to defame someone’s reputation, a reputation which is so hard to build. I hope Mr. Abdul Sami is right in saying that “atleast next time people won’t be believing such mails at first place”.


  11. MB (unregistered) on May 6th, 2006 @ 6:16 pm

    Well here are the findings in a summary:

    This incident did happen and there is no doubt about it but the way it was put but Mr. Farhan was a bit too out of the way. He, in his bid to prove his point send the email to all over Karachi over groups and to prove his point even gave his contact information & claimed to attach two medical documents.

    The incident was an individual case of mishandling and not the one in which the laboratory would have been itself involved. The laboratory, by not denying such reports from Mr. Farhan not only paved the way for his successful plot but make people believe that all that he said is true which was not the case as there was partial truth in it. The way he attached the documents was one also factor of people believing them.

    It is very sad to mention here that most of us instead of contributing anything, only comment. Most of the people here not only did nothing but apposed any such move to have a serious look into the matter by saying it’s a fake email and should not have been put like this.

    Well first of all we all know very well how much cooperative our institutions and people are when such incidents occur. We must here thank few guys from KMB and few friends who did all they could to get to the truth. We do have some SMS messages from Mr. Farhan and a voice recording but apart from that it was all silence from his side. All he asked for his to remove the email from this post which we did not accept obviously. He was absolutely refusing to cooperate. He even did not bother replying to emails. Instead we were at one point told by his side that he has gone to Islamabad. Therefore we have decided to not only put his complete email as it is but to provide his contact info as it is our right to do so.

    It’s very interesting to note that in our quest for truth we came across few people who personally know about this story. But amazingly they not only refused to provide us any technical information but also kept their limits to a general view of the story thus not denying the fact that there was a mistake on laboratory’s part but also not ready to provide any further assistance in this regard.

    This, sadly, also shows the mentality of our people who are willing to say all at the back but do not cooperate when they are required. We can certainly mention their names here but we have taken the information on condition of anonymity from them.

    We are also thankful to the people who posted here which at times helped us a lot in understanding some important points. All and all I must say people like Mr. Farhan will not dare do any such adventure again, or in such a case exaggerate over facts. But we as a society need to take such things seriously. It’s not a case of only one email. Had this been, GOD forbid true about Dr. Essa it would be a great concern to all. Also, although such institutes are not obviously answerable to us they should at least publish a denial considering it a public concern.



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