Probe orders after 5 eye surgery patients of RPGMC Tanda become septic


    RPGMC Tanda

    The Himachal Pradesh Government today ordered probe as five patients of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC), Tanda developed infection as they had under gone surgery in the hospital on Dec 14. Now the two patients have been referred to PGI and another is undergoing treatment at Tanda and a Private Hospital. This was informed by HP Health and Family Welfare minister Mr. Kaul Singh Thakur while giving a suomoto statement on the incidents stating that three senior professors of IGMC Shimla have been directed to probe the negligence.


    Mr. Thakur said that six patients had undergone eye surgery on Dec 14 including five of cataract and one of eye injury. However patients Sanjivan Lal (65), Jatilal (65), Trilok(73), Isa Kumari (68) and Gita (68) were complaining of infections. He said that before the eye surgery these patient were reportedly treated with eye drop Tripan which was purchased from the market outside medical college may have caused the infection. The samples of eye drops have been taken to ascertain if it had caused the infection.


    Minister said four patients were discharged from the medical colleges where as one was being treated in the hospital. The patients started complaining about the development of infection when they were recovering in their home. All the patients were rushed to Dr. RPGMC Tanda and latter some of them referred to Rotary Club Maranda. Two of them are under going treatment at Rotary Club Maranda and two were rushed to PGIMER Chandigarh. He said that the news items appeared in the media however the reports about loss of vision could be not be verified by any medical experts or by PGIMR so far.


    Terming the matter as a serious issue, three Sr. Eye Professors member team of IGMC Shimla to probe the negligence and submit its report after investigating the matter, Mr. Thakur said adding that the Government would not spare if any one would be found negligent in treating these patients. He also assure to provided free treatment to all the patients developed infection after the treatment in Dr. RPGMC Tanda.


    Mr. Ravinder Singh Ravi pointed out that it was after media report on the matter, the Government swung into action however the patients have lost their eye site. Mr. Thakur said that media report of loss of eyesight is not right however patients developed infections. He said that similarly during eye camp at Pathankot recently some patients were also developed similar infections and patients referred at Nurpur where FIR has been lodged against the private eye clinic of Pathankot.

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