Of the 23 victims of the Gurdaspur eye camp horror admitted to Amritsar Medical College, four have responded to the treatment and shown signs of recovery.
The doctors working overnight to cure the infection are relieved at a bit of good news. So far, 36 of the 49 cataract patients operated upon in Ghuman have reported to this hospital, of which, 13 were sent home after medication and asked to come back for routine follow-up examination.
Dr Karamjit Singh, who leads the team looking after the treatment, confirmed signs of recovery in four cases. “This is good thing. The four patients have been moved to a different ward so that they don’t catch the infection again,” said the doctor. The hospital had sent home 13 patients for the same reason. “They were in a better condition than the people admitted,” the doctor claimed.
The treatment being given to the patients was best possible, said Dr Karamjit Singh, adding: “The infection could have come from unsterilised surgical equipment and operating theatre, or even negligence in post-operative care. We can be certain only once we have the analysis report.”
The doctor said citrobacter was the common bacteria highlighted in most reports, which is a sign that certain fluids used in surgery might have been contaminated.
PGI, AIIMS rule out further surgery
Referral institutions the PGI (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Chandigarh) and AIIMS (All-India Institute of Medical Sciences) have ruled out further surgeries on the patients, Dr Karamjit Singh has said.
Already, a team from the PGI has examined each patient closely and every report. “We have also sent them clinical photographs of the patients and other details. For the time, they have advised to put the patients on medication to curb the infection,” said the treatment team leader.
People helping with medicines
There were some medicines that the hospital had to buy from the local market. When doctors shared it with deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, he made arrangements through Red Cross. Common people are also chipping in. “There are people are coming in with food and other material. Even a few chemists from shops near the hospital said they were ready to give medicine free of cost to the patients,” said Dr Karamjit Singh.