UP: Doctors Perform 32 Cataract Surgeries Under Torch Light In A Govt Hospital
December 26th, 2017
At least 32 people in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district are at risk of losing eyesight as the doctors of a Primary Health Centre performed cataract operations on them under two torch lights. These patients were brought by an NGO for free cataract surgery in the hospital.
The Nawabganj healthcare centre did not have proper facilities or even electricity. The district administrator is conducting a probe on Dr Nutan Saxena and two others, who performed the surgeries after several people complained of itchiness in the eye.
The Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Tuesday removed Chief Medical Officer of Unnao Rajendra Prasad from his post after the reports surfaced online. The incharge of the community health centre (CHC) at Nawabganj has also been removed.
Not only this, several relatives complained that the patients after the surgery were made to lie down on the floor despite the severe weather conditions and no beds were provided to them. They were given blankets and mattresses only after Unnao district magistrate, Ravi Kumar N came to know about the surgeries and rushed a team of medical officers to the PHC, according to a Hindustan Times report.
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“This is the height of negligence. No one will be spared. Tough action will follow after the probe team submits its report on Tuesday evening,” Kumar said, adding that a probe is being conducted by joint magistrate Manish Bansal and additional chief medical officer, Unnao.
The Nawabganj Hospital at best can accommodate 5 beds. The hospital does not even have electricity at night and the generator was kept off because of cost-cutting.
Rajaram, a patient from Mahatawan, said the patients were not given any medicine or bed after the surgery. “Most of us have severe itching in the eyes. It is unbearable and doctors are not attending the problem,” he told the Hindustan Times.
The Logical Indian Take
Uttar Pradesh has been gaining bad press for the last few months starting with the death of 60 babies in the Gorakhpur Hospital facility. The UP Chief Minister has been busy campaigning in different states but he should first focus on the internal matters of his own state. Also, the state should focus their expenditure more on improving healthcare rather than opening “cow sanctuaries”.