Botched eye surgeries: Ray of hope for three victims

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Jan 05, 2015 19:28 IST

There is a ray of hope for at least three of the eight botched eye surgery victims as the re-checkup report, conducted by the state health department, has suggested that their eye sight could be restored.

The Kangra district health officials, on the directions of health department, conducted a re-checkup of eight victims, belonging to Kandwal area of Nurpur subdivision in the district, who lost their vision after undergoing cataract surgeries in at a free-medical camp in March last year.

"Eight victims were re-examined at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC), Tanda, in Kangra, to explore possibilities for restoring their eyesight," Kangra chief medical officer (CMO) BM Gupta said.

The medical checkup was conducted on December 27.

"The RPGMC authorities on Monday submitted the report and suggested that the vision of three patients can be restored," Gupta said, adding, "Unfortunately there is no hope for the other five victims."

He said the doctors at RPGMC had re-examined each patient for over one and half hour. The report, Gupta said, has been submitted to high officials.

All the eight patients had undergone cataract surgeries at a private clinic in Pathankot town of Punjab in a free camp organised by an NGO- Nagni Mata Prabandhak Committee- in March last year, following which the victims lost their vision.

The matter, however, came to light, following a complint by one of the victims to the state authorities and Medical Council of India (MCI) in December.

The initial probe, conducted by the state health department, had indicated presence of dangerous pseudomonas bacteria in the medicine used by the patients after surgeries.

The state government is also mulling to move consumer court against the pharmaceutical company for compensation to the victims. The government has also written to Tamil Nadu government and Central Drug Authority, seeking action against the firm.

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