Botched Eye Surgeries:Centre seeks report from Pb

gurdaspur-residents-lose-eyesightThe Centre on Friday sought a report from Punjab government in connection with an incident in which patients lost their eyesight after operations at a camp in Gurdaspur.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Health Minister J P Nadda said, his ministry is finding the facts of the incident as there are reports that the NGO which had organised the camp, was not registered. Mr Nadda said, centre will provide all assistance to the state government in this regard. JD(U) president Sharad Yadav has condemned the incident.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has ordered a high level probe into the cataract operation following which 16 persons lost their eye sight in Gurdaspur district.

Chief Minister’s Media Advisor, Harcharan Bains said that Principal Secretary (Health) Vinnie Mahajan has been asked to conduct the inquiry into all aspects of the incident. An interim relief of Rs 1 lakh to each of the victims has already been announced by the state government.

It has also announced free medical treatment for those who have lost their eye sight. Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani said that an FIR has been lodged against the eye surgeon who operated the patients, mostly aged women, belonging to Amritsar.

Some people lost their eyesight in Punjab after a cataract operation at a free eye camp organized by an NGO in Gurdaspur district.

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