CBI files chargesheet against docs of eye hospital

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 15:02

Madurai: A chargesheet has been filed by
CBI against doctors of a private eye hospital for allegedly
using contaminated eye drops after free cataract surgeries in
2008, resulting in 66 patients losing vision.

The chargesheet was submitted at the Madras High court
bench here Monday evening.

The victims, recommended for cataract removal after a
free eye-camp under the `National Programme for Control of
Blindness` in Villupuram district, underwent surgery at
private Joseph Eye Hospital in Tiruchirappalli on July 28,
2008 but lost their vision after being administered
contaminated eye drops.

The surgeries were conducted by the district programme
officer of District Blindness Control Society in association
with the hospital.

On March 10, 2011, the Madras High Court had directed CBI
to conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident and initiate
criminal prosecution against those responsible.

Following this, CBI raided the hospital and seized 52
documents relating to the eye camp. Cases were also filed
against doctors belonging to Joseph Eye hospital in
Tiruchirapalli and Perambalur.

Further inquiries revealed that contaminated Ringer
Lactate was used in the operation and even air contamination
in the operation theatre could be the reason for the
infection.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 15:02

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