People lose vision after operation in a camp for cataract operation at Ambala

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Around 15 people are stated to have got their eyes damaged after a surgery at a health camp organised by a charitable trust in Ambala.

The incident took place in Mahesh Nagar area of Ambala district, where a charitable society Sarv Kalyan Sewarth Samiti had organised a camp for cataract operation on 24 November.

According to sources, the Samiti did not have clearance to perform the camp and surgery.

A day after the surgery, the bandages from the eyes of those operated upon were removed. Then 15 patients complained of not being able to see. The organisers of the camp got panicked and the patients were rushed to PGI in Chandigarh where they are currently undergoing treatment.

Haryana Health Minister, Anil Vij enquiring about the well being of patients with eye problems at PGIMER, Chandigarh

Haryana Health Minister, Anil Vij enquiring about the well being of patients with eye problems at PGIMER, Chandigarh

The Health Minister of Haryana Anil Vij visited the victims in PGI. He said that with the alertness of doctors of PGIMER, eyes of 14 patients have been saved from getting damaged and it is expected that their vision would be restored within next five to six weeks. Apart from this, one patient has undergone cornea transplant.

Vij said that a three-member committee comprising SDM Ambala, Civil Surgeon and an eye-specialist of Health Department, has been constituted for investigation of this matter. He said that strict action would be taken if any irregularity is found on the part of the hospital administration. He said that the patients would be provided all facilities free of cost by the government. The entire expenditure of their treatment is being borne by the Haryana Government.

It may be recalled that in January, some people complaint of not being able to see after cataract operation in Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts of Punjab.

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