Over 20 people lose eyesight after botched cataract surgery in MP

Over 20 people lose eyesight after botched cataract surgery in MP

By: || Updated: 04 Dec 2015 08:50 PM
Indore: At least 32 people developed infection after a cataract surgery organised in a medical camp in Barwani district hospital in Madhya Pradesh with some even losing their vision.

According to reports, 24 people have lost their vision after surgery.

The eye camp was organised from November 16 to November 24.

The patients, mostly elderly men and women, are now undergoing treatment for eye infection at a hospital in Indore.

Director of Health Department, Doctor B.M. Chouhan, said that it was unfortunate and promised strong action against the people involved.

"Around 30 to 32 cases of infection have been reported. 28 cases are here and four are admitted in a medical college. We are here to see the patients and will go Barwani area to investigate the cause of the infection," said Chouhan.

Doctors admitted that it would be difficult for them to restore their vision due to infection.

Son of a patient who lost his eye sight, Imran, said his father complained of severe pain in his eyes after the surgery and was not able to see anything.

"Before the operation he was able to see, not clearly but had his eye sight. But now, he is not able to see anything. Who will help us and who is responsible for this?" he asked.

The state government has suspended eye specialist R.S. Palod and initiated action against the authorities of the Lions Club. The government has also set up a three-member committee to probe the matter.

The operation theater where the surgeries were conducted has also been sealed.

Two similar incidents happened last month; in Maharashtra, 23 people lost their eye sight while in Chandigarh, 15 people suffered partial vision loss after undergoing cataract surgeries.

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