Tamil Nadu botched-up eye surgery: Victims to get Rs 3 lakh each; Rs 1,000 as pension

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa sanctioned Rs 3 lakh each to 23 patients who were infected after undertaking cataract surgery at Mettur government hospital

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa approved Rs 3 lakh each to 23 people who developed eye infection after having undergone a cataract surgery last month at Mettur Government Hospital.
As people who underwent cataract surgeries between June 14 and 16 at Mettur Government Hospital developed infection, 23 patients who had got their surgeries done during this period were admitted to hospitals in Salem and Coimbatore. After further surgery, two got their vision back and infection has been controlled in 17 people.
An official release said the chief minister has also sanctioned a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 each to families of 21 who lost their eyesight after having taken eye drops given by the hospital. Pension was sanctioned under the Differently Abled Persons Pension Scheme.
A release said that cataract surgeries are carried out every year under the Tamil Nadu National Programme for Control of Blindness.Around 5.5 lakh people benefit from this scheme every year and around 1.96 lakh people have been operated this year and surgeries are provided free of cost to people from economically backward families.
The release said that 23 patients who had developed infection after having undergone cataract surgeries from Mettur Government Hospital between June 14 and July 16 were immediately given advanced treatment at Aravind Eye Hospital in Coimbatore , Dr Agarwal’s eye Hospital and Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital in Salem.
Experts in the field said that it would take nearly three months to say if they would get their vision back. As the infection in four patients is still persistent, they are under continuous treatment.
Demanding 20 lakhs each as a compensation from the Government for their vision loss, few patients had earlier protested. As for the demand of the patients , The collector said that he would take up the issue and make arrangements for immediate compensation.
The chief minister has ordered ministers Edappadi K Palanisami, S P Velumani and C Vijaya Baskar to visit the affected people and to make sure that all medical facilities are made available to them.