Sloppy eye surgeries in Sahibganj rise to 19 | Ranchi News

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DUMKA: The number of patients who have reportedly lost their sight after cataract operations at a private hospital in Sahibganj has now risen to 19, officials said on Sunday. Previously, 12 people are said to have gone blind during operations carried out by the same doctor at the private hospital Jharkhand Sewa Sada Nursing Home, between October 5 and 7.
The district administration had set up a six-member team to investigate the incident on the directive from Health Minister Banna Gupta and the members visited the hospital on Sunday.
Sources said the hospital management has taken at least 10 patients to Calcutta and neighboring Malda district in Bengal for better treatment.
All of the patients had undergone cataract surgery under Ayushman Bharat Center earlier this month. Sources citing the survey team said nearly 1,200 cataract patients have so far had eye surgery at the nursing home, which began operating in December of last year.
Dr Thomas Murmu, district tuberculosis officer and team leader, said: “We will submit the investigation report to the civil surgeon, Dr Arvind Kumar, within the stipulated 24 hour deadline. He said the team reached the headquarters of Barharwa bloc on Sunday and started the investigation.
Meanwhile, Borio JMM MP Lobin Hembrom said nine botched surgery victims from Chashganwa village in his constituency approached him on Saturday after their vision loss from eye surgery at the hospital.
“I asked the hospital management to ensure their best treatment so that they could regain their vision. All are now being transferred to Kashyap Eye Hospital in Ranchi, ”Hembrom said, adding that the number of such cases could be higher.
Earlier, Rural Development Minister Alamgir Alam said four of the patients were from his constituency (Pakur).
All of the victims were operated on by a Bengal-based consultant eye surgeon, Dr HK Vishwash. Victims complained of vision loss after removing their dressings on Friday.


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