Now, one eye surgeon won't be allowed to perform more than 25 surgeries a day when it comes to free eye check-up camps. Punjab health department has come out with strict norms and guidelines in the wake of the tragedy at a free cataract surgery camp in Ghuman village of Gurdaspur in December, when 33 people had lost their eyesight.
According to the norms issued by the health department, not be more than 50 operations in one operation theatre would be allowed in a single day. All doctors examining the patients at the camps should be qualified and their names along with the degrees (medical registration) should be cleared by the district civil surgeon concerned before permission for the camp, the norms say.
The civil surgeon will also have to ensure that the NGO and the team of surgeons planning to organise the camp have the requisite experience for conducting such camps. However, a surgeon with experience of less than two years should organise the camps with the help of some other experienced surgeon.
The health department said that director, health services, will exercise technical supervision of all eye camps held in districts, and the civil surgeon should inspect the camp at least once during the operative session.
Apart from that, videography of the entire camp should be done and preserved with the organisers and submitted to civil surgeon.
And the NGOs that wish to register should have their own or attached hospital with manpower consisting of at least one ophthalmic surgeon (registered with Punjab Medical Council), one ophthalmic assistant and three nursing personnel.
Keeping an eye
*As per new norms, minimum duration of eye camp shall be three days, of which two would be post-operative care and one day for preparation
*Medicines should be of standard quality of a manufacturer having a GMP certificate
*Patients shouldn't be unnecessarily referred to a private hospital
*Camp should be held at a place with proper seating arrangements
*Any investigation being done for patients at the camp site should be free
*One-eyed patients should be operated on by senior surgeon with extra care
*Instruments for cataract surgery should be at least three times the number of operating tables