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Botched eye-surgery: NHRC seeks report from Haryana Govt
The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to Haryan Government over medical negligence in a eye operation camp that lead to vision loss of 16 people in November last year.
16 people were left blinded after being treated at a cataract surgery camp in Maheshnagar of Ambala cantonment area in Haryan. The victims complained of loss of vision after being operated upon at the camp organised at a charitable hospital on November 24.

Acting on a complaint of Odisha based rights activist Akhand of Civil Soceity Forum on Human Rights (CSFHR), the Commission has directed the Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department of Haryana to submit a report in the matter within four weeks.

The Ambala-based Sarva Kalyan Sewarth Charitable Eye Hospital charged poor patients between Rs.6000 to Rs.12000 for the cataract operation. All 16 patients, who were operated upon, reported loss of vision. After which, they were allegedly bundled into a van and dumped at the PGI Advanced Eye Center.

"It is mandatory to take permission from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to hold such camps. But the NGO did not do so. Without any permission they conducted the camp. The hospital has even not a valid registration, alleged the petitioner." A similar incident had taken place at Samalkha in Panipat in March in which 13 patients suffered from vision loss.

"So public authority is responsible as no inspection of such hospitals and health camps have been done," said the petition. The Petitioner prayed for legal action against the organizer hospital and compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each victim.

Taking cognizance on the matter, the commission has issued notice to the health department and sought an action taken report in the matter.

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