The Jammu and Kashmir government has in principle agreed to organise training sessions in eye surgeries for its doctors and start more operation theatres, following a request by a Mumbai-based ophthalmologist who has been visiting the state since July to treat pellet injuries.
Dr Suresh Natarajan, director of Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Wadala, has so far conducted surgeries on 138 people for vitreous haemorrhage and retinal damage at the government-run Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHSH), Srinagar.
“At present, there are three surgeons skilled in retinal and vitreous surgeries there. They need more. For training, the ophthalmologists will have to visit Mumbai,” Natarajan said.
SMHSH has over 10 eye surgeons who will benefit from the training. However, the hospital has only one operation theatre for eye surgeries, which has slowed the much-needed treatment of patients, Natarajan said.
The details of how the training sessions will be be organised are still being worked out, the doctor said.
“Dr Natarajan performs at least 20 surgeries in a day, because he can stay there for only a limited time,” said Dr Radhika Krishnan, CEO, Aditya Jyot hospital.
According to Adhik Kadam, attached with Borderless World Foundation, Natarajan was contacted after a lot of hospitals in nearby cities could not send surgeons to treat the rising number of patients.