60 People lose Eyesight after Cataract Operation in Punjab

Amritsar, Dec 05: In yet another shocking incident of medical negligence, at least 60 people lost their eyesight after an operation at a free medical camp organised by an NGO in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

According to reports, people who lost their eyesight, were all senior citizens. They belonged to villages in Amritsar. They were admitted to the Amritsar Medical College hospital.

Confirming the incident, Deputy Commissioner Amritsar, Ravi Bhagat, said that a high-level probe has been ordered to find out who performed the operations at the camp.

Giving details of the incident, Civil Surgeon Amritsar, Rajiv Bhalla, said all the patients were operated at an eye camp in Ghuman village of Gurdaspur district around ten days ago.

This came to light after  16 patients, who belonged to Amritsar, approached Deputy Commissioner Bhagat to lodge a complaint against the NGO and doctors concerned. Later, it was found that there were a total of 60 patients and sixteen of them were from Amritsar, rest were from Gurdaspur district.

The cataract surgery in the eye camp was performed under "severe unhygienic condition" for which all the 60 patients lost their vision permanently. 

According to rule, for organising an eye camp, mandatory permission was required from the district Administration and Civil Surgeons of Gurdaspur and Amritsar. But no norms were followed. 

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