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Punjab: At least 15 people lose eyesight after undergoing cataract surgery

Dy. Comm Bhagat has ordered a probe to identify the doctors, and directed that criminal cases be lodged against them and the NGO.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Amritsar | Updated: December 5, 2014 10:58:55 am
eye-l Some of the affected people in Amritsar. (Source: Express photo)

At least 15 people, all residents of Gago Mahal village in Amritsar district, are reported to have lost their eyesight after they were operated upon at an eye camp held in Ghuman village, in Gurdaspur, last month.

Officials said a total of 62 people underwent cataract surgeries at the camp, organised by NGO Guru Nanak Charitable Trust, on November 5-16. The remaining patients were from Gurdaspur. While there were reports that the others too had lost their eyesight, Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Abhinav Trikha said they had not received any complaints so far.

Confirming the incident, Amritsar Civil Surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhalla said the villagers had lost their vision completely. They have been admitted to the Government Medical College here.

The matter came to light on Thursday when the 15 people from Amritsar approached Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat to lodge a complaint against the NGO and the doctors at the camp. Bhagat has ordered a probe to identify the doctors, and directed that criminal cases be lodged against them and the NGO.

Dr Bhalla said the surgeries were carried out “under unhygienic conditions”. He claimed that the NGO had not obtained the mandatory permissions from the district administration and Civil Surgeons of Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts for the camp.

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