Twelve people reportedly
lost their eyesight after being operated upon for cataract at a
free camp in Mathura.
This incident comes close on the heels of a similar incident
in Gurdaspur district of Punjab in November, where about 60 people lost their
eyesight in an eye camp.
Ironically, both the camps - in Mathura and Gurdaspur - were
organised by different NGOs of Mathura. After the tragedy, the NGOs closed
their offices and their officials are untraceable.
Meanwhile, Mathura district magistrate Rajesh Kumar and
chief medical officer Dr BS Yadav constituted a five-member committee to probe
the incident. The report should be submitted within two days.
Bankey Bihari Seva Sansthan organized the camp in
Mathura on November 22. The victims, after couple of days of their cataract
operations complained of loss of eyesight to the NGO, which told them that they
would regain their eyesight soon.
Some of them consulted doctors, when the eye sight of those who were operated
upon failed to return, where they were told that due to faulty operation and
use of expired drugs they had lost their eye sight forever.