12 People Blinded in Mathura After NGO Botched Cataract Operations

by Vishnuprasad on  January 5, 2015 at 6:33 PM Indian Health News
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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.
12 People Blinded in Mathura After NGO Botched Cataract Operations
12 People Blinded in Mathura After NGO Botched Cataract Operations

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.

Source: Medindia

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