GUWAHATI, April 6 - The Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has directed for a magisterial inquiry into the incidents of three persons losing their eyesight after cataract surgery at the BP Civil Hospital in Nagaon and submit the report within 30 days.
A single member bench of Naba Kamal Bora, taking suo moto cognizance into the incidents reported in the media, directed the Nagaon District Magistrate to conduct an inquiry into the incident.
Reportedly, 13 persons underwent the surgery in the hospital�s ophthalmology department from March 7 to March 10, 2017 of which, three persons lost their eyesight after contracting severe infection.
The same bench of the Commission also took suo moto cognizance of another news item regarding the death of one Sonali Sarkar during a laparoscopic surgery to remove her gall bladder stone at the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College of Barpeta and directed for a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
The Commission has sought the inquiry report along with relevant papers within 30 days of issuing the notice. It has also asked the GMCH to submit a detail report in respect of the matter within three weeks of receiving the notice.
�It was reported in the newspapers that the patient went into coma after being administered anesthesia and due to non-availability of super specialist in the FAA Medical College, Barpeta, she was shifted to the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital on March 29. But she died on April 2, 2017,� a statement from AHRC said.