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32 people visiting MP eye camp lose vision

Satna (Madhya Pradesh): As many as 32 people who attended an eye camp in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district last month have complained that they have lost their vision, prompting the local administration here to order a probe into the incident.

The eye check-up camp was held on December 29 at a trust-run Sadguru Eye Hospital in the district during which the patients were administered an injection in their retinas. Satna is some 440 km from state capital Bhopal.

Within hours, some of the patients started complaining that they were not able to see. They were reinjected and asked to wait for some time. But it has been almost three weeks and their sight hasn’t returned.

They were briefly admitted to hospital. But they were later discharged and told that the problem had occurred after the operation.

A three-member expert team will now investigate the matter to check the affected patients’ condition and available facilities at the hospital, District Officer Santosh Mishra told IANS on Sunday.

The latest incident has come two months after 65 patients lost their sight after undergoing cataract operation in the state’s Badwani district and five patients lost their vision in Sheopur district in a separate incident at a government hospital.