Ten more threats of vision loss will be transferred to IGIMS: Bihar Minister of Health | Patna News

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PATNA: Health Minister Mangal Pandey on Thursday gave instructions for the transfer of 10 patients, who are on the verge of losing their sight and undergoing treatment at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), to the ‘Indira Gandhi Institute of Medicine. Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna.
A total of 65 operations were performed by doctors at Muzaffarpur Eye Hospital in Juran Chappra during a free eye exam and surgery camp for the poor on November 22. At least 15 of them lost their sight after developing post-surgical complications. The eyes of 11 of them were taken at SKMCH and those of four others at Muzaffarpur Eye Hospital.
Sanjay Kumar Singh, the special secretary of the health department, told the newspaper on Thursday that 10 patients would be transferred to IGIMS on Friday for better treatment. “Of the 65 people operated on, 26 are from Muzaffarpur and the other patients belong to Motihari, Sheohar, Bettiah and Sitamarhi,” he added.
A four-member committee was formed by civilian surgeon Dr Vinay Kumar Sharma after the case came to light.
Dr Rajiv Kumar Singh, Head of the Ophthalmological Service of SKMCH and one of the committee members, said: “No less than 21 patients, who had undergone cataract surgery at Muzaffarpur Eye Hospital, developed complications and were admitted here. While the eyes of 11 of them were removed by evisceration due to panophthalmos, 10 others are on the verge of losing their sight.
Muzaffarpur District Magistrate Pranav Kumar said all patients, who had cataract surgery on November 22, had been contacted. “None of them have encountered a problem yet. However, they will be sent to hospitals in Patna for a proper consultation and monitored for the next few days, ”he said.
Opposition raises issue in council: RJD and Congress lawmakers held a protest outside the state legislative council on Thursday against alleged botched cataract surgeries at a private hospital in Muzaffarpur, resulting in eye removal of several patients. They demanded strict measures against the doctor and his team. They also called on the government to provide financial assistance for victims and jobs for their family members.
Former Chief Minister Rabri Devi called for the resignation of Health Minister Mangal Pandey and said: “I want the government to provide adequate compensation and jobs to the family members of the victims.
MLC Congressman Prem Chandra Mishra also raised the issue in the Upper House. Condemning the incident, he said: “This is not a political issue, but a crime against humanity. Strict action should be taken against Dr ND Sahu and his team. ”
Acting board chairman Awadhesh Narain Singh admitted the matter was quite serious. “Anyone with a sensitivity will agree that this is a serious problem,” he said.


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