Kanpur CMO bars hosps from holding eye check-up camps after 8 patients lose sight post cataract surgery

Published on Nov 27, 2022 09:19 PM IST

Taking cognisance of the alleged medical negligence, the state government has asked the district administration to submit a detailed report on this case.

An advisory has been issued asking people to remain cautious in the context of medical procedures. (HT Photo)
An advisory has been issued asking people to remain cautious in the context of medical procedures. (HT Photo)

Kanpur: Days after eight Kanpur residents lost their sight following a cataract surgery, the chief medical officer of Kanpur has barred public and private hospitals from holding any eye check-up camps until further orders. A notice communicating this decision has been issued to the hospitals in the district while an advisory has also been issued asking people to remain cautious in the context of medical procedures.

According to the order issued by CMO Dr Alok Ranjan, camps to check eye-related issues should not be held anywhere in the district until authorities complete the investigation into the incident where eight patients lost their eyesight following a cataract operation performed by the doctors of city-based Aradhya Hospital. Also, in future, the organisers of eye camps would have to obtain permission from the additional CMO.

Meanwhile, the CMO has decided to send a letter to National Medical Commission (NMC) recommending cancellation of degrees of Dr Neeraj Gupta, the ophthalmologist who performed the surgeries at Aradhya Hospital, a private facility. Dr Gupta has also been served a notice and asked to reply to it within three days. Subsequently, the CMO will take the call on writing a letter to the NMC asking the body to cancel his degrees.

Taking cognisance of the alleged medical negligence, the state government has asked the district administration to submit a detailed report on this case. The district administration has also been asked to detail the action taken in the matter. In particular, the government has asked to specify whether the patients lost their sight due to medical negligence. Besides, it has also sought the details of all the eye-related camps held in Kanpur this year.

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