Botched surgeries : Eye surgeon booked

In a case of alleged medical negligence in Punjab in which 16 persons have lost eyesight, a Jalandhar based eye surgeon who operated them for cataract has been booked by the police. Cases against the Mathura based NGO which organised the camp and the hospital where the camp was held at village Ghumaan in Batala falling under Gurdaspur district have also been registered. Investigations are on.

The victims of negiligence were operated during a free eye check up camp, last month, belonged to Amritsar. However, the incident came to light when they realised that they cannot see with the operated eyes and reported the matter to the Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar. A high level probe has been ordered by the Punjab government. Principal Secretary, Health, Mrs. Vinnie Mahajan is conducting the inquiry.

An interim relief of Rs one lakh to each of the affected families, whose members have lost eyesight in the tragedy and free medical treatment has been announced by the state government. Meanwhile, Amritsar Civil Surgeon, Dr. Rajiv Bhalla, whose team is taking care of the affected persons said that primarily this seems to be a case of infection caused due to the use of non-sterlized instruments.

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