People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Friday expressed shock and horror over the Ghuman eye camp tragedy in which 16 persons lost their sight following cataract surgery at a camp organised in Gurdaspur district. About 60 operations were conducted at the camp organised by an NGO at Ghuman village.
Expressing shock, Manpreet said that what was more shocking was that district authorities were totally unaware about free eye camp. Such camps are organised after due publicity for which permission has to be sought from the authorities concerned.
Manpreet said this incident has highlighted the total apathy and indifference of the state government towards what was happening in the state. The tragedy surfaced only after the victims were brought to Amritsar days after the surgery.
He said these were poor people who could not afford this surgery. He demanded adequate compensation to these sufferers, majority of whom were women and proper care to restore their eyesight, in case there was still any scope for the same.
He pointed out that recently, five newly-born children had died at a recently inaugurated civil hospital in Ludhiana, which lacked proper facilities but the authorities were in too much of a hurry to proceed with its inauguration.