nhrc: NHRC seeks detailed report on patients who lost eyes to botched-up cataract surgeries in Muzaffarpur hospital | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday took suo motu cognizance of media reports of six patients in Bihar losing their eyes to botched-up cataract surgeries at Muzaffarpur Eye Hospital on November 22.
According to the reports, surgical procedures to remove the eyes of another 12 patients is likely since infections have set in following the botched-up surgery. A statement from the NHRC said that as per medical protocol, while a doctor can conduct up to 12 surgeries, in this case, the doctor performed cataract surgery on 65 patients.
The media reports, if true, raise a serious issue of human rights violation, the NHRC said. It added that conducting eye surgeries in such a reckless manner, violating norms of the medical protocols at a government hospital, is a serious matter of concern and issued a notice to the Bihar chief secretary, calling for a detailed report in the matter.
“The report is expected to inform about the exact number of patients, who have lost their eyes, status of the medical treatment being provided to them and the relief provided by the State Government, including action against the responsible officers/doctors. The response is expected within 4 weeks,” an NHRC statement said.
According to news reports, of which the NHRC took sup motu cognisance, the corneas of patients were badly damaged and there is a possibility that the infection could affect their brains. While the six patients are in serious condition, the hospital authorities tried to cover up the incident and did not report the matter to the district administration or the State health department until an inquiry was conducted. Authorities have, reportedly, stopped activities in the Muzaffarpur Eye Hospital and a team of the doctors, headed by ACMO is conducting an investigation in the matter, the NHRC said.

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