Ambala: 15 lose vision after cataract surgery, govt orders probe

A similar incident had taken place at Samalkha in Panipat in March in which 13 patients suffered from vision loss.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Ambala | Updated: December 2, 2015 1:37 am

FIFTEEN PATIENTS who underwent cataract surgery recently at a hospital here have lost vision in the operated eye and have been admitted to PGIMER, Chandigarh, officials said on Tuesday.

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij, who visited PGIMER to meet the victims, said a three-member committee has been constituted to probe the incident. He said strict action would be taken against the guilty. In the evening, police registered a case against Dr Charanjeet Singh, who conducted the surgeries at the Sarvakalyan Eye and Charitable Hospital, and Sarvakalyan Society.

Dr Charanjeet Singh called it a “surgical accident”. “During the surgery, you have to maintain sterility and many people are part of that. You cannot blame the doctor alone for this incident,” he told The Indian Express. “This is a fault and I accept it. There must be something wrong in the sterilisation.”

Teams from the health department and police Tuesday reached the hospital and examined the equipment and facilities. The hospital was later sealed.

“We cannot call it an operation theatre. It’s just a room and they named it operation theater by putting a table and stool inside it,” said B B Lala, a senior health department official, who was in the team that visited the hospital. “Proper equipment required for eye surgery were not there.”

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  1. M
    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:47 am
    Every other day you read some kid falling in "Bore-Well", patient losing their eyes in botched eye camps. What health officials do? Sit in a.c office and wait till incident is reported? News says officials raided hospital but it is locked! If some one steals few thousands stuff and locks house they will break it open and make life miserable for thief.Here 16 people lost their eye sight ,can't they open locks and inspect for violation and arrest trusties for not obtaining permission?