Botched-up cataract surgeries by a local private eye surgeon have threatened sight loss of nearly 14 elderly persons including, five women.
On March 11, total 18 patients were operated for cataract at Navjeevan Eye Hospital at Salarganj area of this industrial township.
Two days later, the patients complained of acute irritation in the operated eyes due to infection caused by unknown source, all patients were rushed to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh on late Friday evening.
Doctors attending patients at Chandigarh said that at least seven patients may face irreversible vision.
District health authorities said that it was yet to be ascertained if the operations were performed at a free charitable camp or it was part of a regular outpatient department (OPD) by a private surgeon Dr Ankur Gupta.
Panipat chief medical officer (CMO) Inderjit Dhankar said on Saturday that twice a week Dr Gupta was attending eye patients at Samaj Sewa Samiti Sewarth Hospital, a charitable hospital at Samalkha town of the district.
“On questioning, Dr Gupta said that operation were performed at the Navjeevan Eye Hospital, which is owned by Dr Gupta’s father,” said Dhankar.
CMO said that as per Dr Gupta’s statement, after one patient approached him with irritation on Friday, all other patients were contacted and called in at Panipat hospital for diagnosis.
“Dr Gupta got them all admitted at the PGIMER. We are trying to contact the family members of the affected patients for their statements,” said Dhankar.
However, CMO confirmed no permission was granted to Dr Gupta to perform any eye surgery on March 11 and they were yet to confirm if the patients attended were under the head of a camp or as regular patients.
Eye fluid seized
CMO said that it was a case of negligence and samples of a fluid used in cataract surgery had been seized by the district authorities for examination.
“Also, a board of experts would examine operation theater of the private hospital to examine the suspicion of contamination of the room or equipments used in the surgery,” he said.