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Free Medical Camp in Amritsar: 15 Turn Blind After Cataract Surgery

After the tragic death of 13 women in the Chhattisgarh mass sterilisation camp, another tragedy took place when 15 people lost their sight in a cataract surgery camp organised by an non-government organisation in Punjab in November.

The camp took place without the permission in Ghuman village of the Gurdaspur district, paving way for the shocking incident. Meanwhile, Amritsar civil surgeon Rajiv Bhalla said that they have no clue about the NGO that organised the eye camp as neither him nor his Gurdaspur counterpart gave any permission to hold this camp.

Bhalla reportedly said, “All 15 patients have gone completely blind and there is no chance of their eyesight getting restored.” However, about 60 people turned up for the camp, which was held on November 4 and all were reportedly above 60 years old.

Amid, while an investigation probe has been ordered, Punjab Minister Anil Joshi mentioned that the camp would have taken place severely unhygienic conditions.

However, more people are expected to present at the hospital for further check-ups today whereas the officials are in fear as they doubt if the number of those affected would rise.

Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat said that they are unaware of the medicines used and doctors who are involved in the surgery. He said, “We are investigating who the doctors were and whether faulty medicines were used.”

Meanwhile, the camp was reportedly organised by an NGO called Guru Nanak Foundation.

This is the second shocking incident that took place in less than two months, which is an after effect of a free medical camp. Last month, a mass sterilisation camp organised Chhattisgarh had witnessed the deaths of 13 women who have been operated by DR KR Gupta. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh government and demanded an explanation on the deaths at a camp in the state’s Bilaspur district.


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