16 people lose vision in botched cataract eye surgery in Ambala

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Sixteen people suffered partial vision loss after undergoing cataract eye surgery at a charitable hospital at Mehsanagar in Ambala on Tuesday, officials stated.

Haryana health minister Anil Vij ordered a probe into the episode.

The hospital performed the surgeries in poor hygienic conditions.

The victims’ family members said that they had paid at least Rs 6,000 per person for these surgeries.

Gama, 55, from Daleepgarh, in Ambala’s vicinity, complained of almost no vision after the operation.

Ambala Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Dr Vinod Kumar Gupta said, “The charitable society, Sarv Kalyan Sewarth Samithi, at Maheshnagar conducted the cataract operation on 16 patients on November 24”.

“The society had no mandatory clearance from us to hold the camp. They had applied for permission in 2013, but it was denied by us as we first wanted to conduct an inspection of the hospital and get details of the surgeons who will conduct operations,” he added.

“However, without permission they conducted the camp. Our team had raided the hospital but it is locked. A case had been registered in this connection by the police regarding negligence on the complaint of the SMO,” he said.

A similar incident had taken place in Samalkha, Panipat, in March in which 13 patients had suffered loss of vision.

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