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Cataract Operations Conducted in Torchlight Costs Chief Medical Officer His Job

A top medical officer in the Unnao area of Uttar Pradesh loses his job for letting cataract operations to be conducted under torch light in his area. The incident occurred in the government hospital in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh where 32 patients were brought in by a charitable centre for being operated upon.

Cataract Operations Conducted in Torchlight Costs Chief Medical Officer His Job

The Chief Medical Officer of Unnao, Rajendra Prasad questioned the doctors performing the operations under torchlight. The doctors stated that it was for a short period as there was a black out then and they were to light the place by connecting a generator as soon as possible. However, nothing happened. The government has ordered a probe into the entire incident.

Such free camps are nothing new but they come under the media glare in case of rule violations. And in this case, there were plenty galore! The cell phone video of the happenings, which occurred in the hospital made things clear. It showed patients lying on the cold floor post operation and notwithstanding the medical norms; they were discharged the next morning when they ought to have rested in bed for at least 24 hours.

The name of the charitable organization that brought the patients to the hospital was the Jagdamba Sewa Samiti. They had got a doctor from Kanpur to perform the surgeries; however, the absence of a government doctor for supervising the procedure was another violation of the rules. Performing the operations at night was totally uncalled, for they are normally always performed during day time. The non-profit also failed to make the provision of a generator in spite of promising to do so.

Before undertaking operations at a government hospital by a non-profit center, permission has to be sought from government authorities for making use of its services and it is normally granted. In this case, the government has assured that once the probe report is out, necessary action will be undertaken against all the persons involved in the incident.

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