Four more patients, who had undergone for cataract removal surgery at Panipat-based private hospital, were admitted at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Research and Education (PGIMER), Chandigarh for thorough eye care checkup.
Panipat chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Inderjit Singh Dhankar said on Sunday that initial medical investigation ruled out any infection in their eyes.
As many as 18 patients had undergone the alleged botched-up phaco surgery for cataract removal at Navjeevan Eye Hospital in Panipat on March 11.
On March 13 late evening, total 14 patients were diagnosed with infection.
However, the Panipat CMO said that the district authorities contacted other patients to ensure their post-operative surgery healthcare.
Eye specialists Dr Ankur Gupta had performed their cataract removal surgeries at his father’s medical facility Navjeevan Eye Hospital at Salarganj Gate locality in Panipat.
Operating theater of the private hospital was sealed on Saturday to look for reason of contamination during the surgeries.
“Though these four patients did not complain of any complication, we want to double check their eyes. Doctors at the PGIMER have denied of any eye infection in the latest four cases sent by the Panipat authorities,” said the CMO.
Meanwhile, the CMO said that the medical investigations were on and the report would be submitted soon.
Samples of the operating theater of the private hospital, instruments, fluid etc used in the eye surgeries would be studied at the Bhimsen Sachar Government Medical Hospital, Panipat.
“We have adequate arrangements at the district hospital laboratory for similar analysis. Though we are open to take expert opinion from a PGI, Rohtak but the team of doctors studying the matter has not shown any such need so far,” said the CMO.
On Saturday, the Panipat deputy commissioner Sameer Pal Srow had ordered a magisterial inquiry to be conducted by the sub divisional magistrate Subhash Sheoran.
A team of eye experts and microbiologists led by the Panipat CMO Dhankar are probing various angles that led to infection in the eyes of 14 elderly patients.
Official sources said that the magisterial inquiry would also determine if the patients suffered eye infection were part of an eye camp or a regular outpatient department (OPD) at Navjeevan Eye Hospital.
Role of Samaj Sewa Samiti Sewarth Charitable Hospital at Samalkha town in the district is also under scanner where these patients were examined by Dr Anku Gupta but the patients underwent surgeries at Panipat.
Inquiry would also probe if the patients were treated in an eye camp format after meeting due mandatory approvals from the district authorities.