After being grilled by the Batala police for 18 hours, Jalandhar-based eye surgeon Dr Vivek Arora, who conducted 157 surgeries over four days at Guru Nanak Multi-Specialty Hospital, Ghuman, on Saturday claimed that the administration was making him the scapegoat.
Dr Arora told HT that the condition of the operating theatre where he conducted the surgeries was excellent, there was no lighting problem and all the operations conducted by him were successful. He said that after conducting the surgeries in the night, he had also examined all the patients the next day.
On what had gone wrong, he said there might be a problem with the post-operative care that was not given, or there was some fault with the medicine and the equipment provided by the NGO.
"It is the duty of the hospital administration to provide post-operative care to the patients as I was approached by the NGO, who gave me the contract to conduct eye surgeries on poor people for which I had charged a nominal amount. I was not contacted to give post-operative care to the patients," he added.
He said it was for the first time that he was working with this NGO and it was the duty of the hospital administration and the NGO to keep all record of the patients.
Blaming the hospital administration for befooling him, he said the hospital management had told him that they had got the permission from the health department for the eye camp and he just acted in good faith.
When asked about as many as 49 operations performed by him in a single night, he said there were no exact guidelines about the number of operations though these surgeries were done in two shifts by maintaining a gap of an hour.
2 more partially blind
Meanwhile, two more patients, Manjeet Kaur, resident of Ghanshampura, and Gurmeet Kaur, resident of Boleywal in Gurdaspur district, who had approached the community health centre, Ghuman, were declared partially blind.
Civil surgeon Dr Rajneesh Sood told HT that as they examined all the patients who had undergone surgery at the camp, they found these two women affected and sent them to the Amritsar hospital.
Sampla assures help
Batala: The victims would be given the best possible treatment as expert teams from the PGI Chandigarh and AIIMS Delhi were examining them, said union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla at Ghuman village on Saturday.
Talking to reporters, Sampla said that taking a serious note of the incident, the Centre had sent him to get firsthand information of the situation. He said the government would leave no stone unturned to provide best possible medical care to the patients.