GUWAHATI, Dec 3 - Five out of the eight patients who got infected during the course of cataract surgeries at the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital recently will permanently lose vision of one eye.
�The infection has resulted in evisceration of one eye of each of the five patients. The rest three will get their vision back,� informed Dr Ganesh Saikia, Joint Director of Health Services, Kamrup, Metro.
�All the eight patients who underwent surgeries at the Sankardeva Netralaya on Wednesday have been shifted back to the MMCH,� Dr Saikia informed.
Of the five patients who have lost the vision of one eye, two are women. The victims include Rupchandra Mandal, Sabitri Das, Garga Ram Kalita, Dharmeswar Ramchiary and Tarini Medhi.
The tragic turn of events has shocked the medical fraternity and raised questions about the safety procedure of operative procedures in the State.
Official sources meanwhile claimed that the patients got infected during the post-operative procedure, although the actual reason or stage would be unearthed after the inquiry only.
Sources further informed that compensation modalities are being prepared and in all probability, the one which was adopted in 2006 when 26 patients had lost their sight after undergoing a free cataract surgery organised by the State government at GMCH.
Meanwhile, inquiry into the tragic incident has begun and statements of those involved in the surgeries are being recorded.