MP: 22 lose vision after cataract surgery at govt camp

  • HT Correspondent, Indore
  • Updated: Dec 04, 2015 17:10 IST

In a shocking incident around 22 patients are feared to have lost their vision in their operated eyes after they underwent operation at a cataract surgery camp organised by the government from November 16-24 in MP’s Barwani district.

Referred to MY hospital and Aurbindo hospital in Indore, the matter came to light after the chief medical and health officer of Barwani submitted a report about the eye camp to joint director health, Indore, on Thursday.

“An eye check up camp for cataract was held in Barwani where around 30-35 people took part. It was during this camp that people who were operated started developing infection.

When the condition of their eyes deteriorated they were referred to another ophthalmologist. It was revealed that they were on the brink of losing their eyesight,” said Dr Sharad Pandit, joint director health.

Soon the number of patients with infections increased and it was revealed that the eye camp was to be blamed. However by the time some of these patients got themselves checked at the other centers many of them had already lost their eyesight.

“Three patients were referred to us on November 25, all of them had the same kind of infection. While one could be partially treated and was discharged, the condition of other two is still not stable,” said Dr Preeti Rawat, ophthalmologist at MY Hospital.

Ordering an inquiry into the entire incident, Dr Pandit said, “It is a very unfortunate incident to have happened at a government camp. I have ordered an inquiry into the matter and also announced free medical treatment for all the patients.”

A report will be filed in this matter by a special field team sent from Indore to Barwani on Friday.

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