A fortnight after a probe held botched eye surgeries responsible for leaving seven people in Nurpur area of Kangra district partially blind, the Himachal Pradesh government is mulling to move court for compensation to the victims.
The eye surgeries were performed 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. However, the matter came into light, following complaint by one of the victims to the state authorities and Medical Council of India (MCI) in December.
The probe, conducted by the state health department, had indicated presence of dangerous pseudomonas bacteria in the medicine used by the patients.
The victims had used Avisi Hyloreye drops, manufactured by Chennai-based Appaswamy Associates, which comes in 3 ml packing costing Rs 72.
"The government is considering moving consume court against the pharmaceutical firm on behalf of victims for compensation as the contaminated medicine caused the loss of visions among the patients," additional chief secretary (health) Vineet Chaudhary told Hindustan Times.
"We have also written to Tamil Nadu government to lift the samples of the medicine of the batch, used in by the victims, for examination and further action," he added.
The government has also written to central drug authority (CDA) for appropriate action in this regard.
Meanwhile, the Kangra district health officials have got a checkup conducted of all the seven victims at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC) in Kangra to explore possibilities for restoring their eyesight.
"The victims were re-examined at RPGMC last week and the reports are awaited," Kangra chief medical officer (CMO) said.
He added, "If needed, the patients will be taken to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education of Research (PGIMR) in Chandigarh or All India Medical Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for further checkup."