14 cataract patients lose sight after surgery in Maharashtra

      The Central Government has asked for a report from the Maharashtra Government on the alleged botched eye surgeries in which 14 cataract patients lost their sight.

Expressing his grief over the incident, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said about 14 people have lost sight in the State after cataract operations. Nadda said further course of action will be decided on the basis of the report. The incident took place on October 31.

The surgeries were conducted by doctors at a cataract check-up camp in Maharashtra's Washim district, according to officials.

Washim's civil surgeon and the doctor who performed the surgeries have been suspended. A doctor at Akola Medical College has also been named.

The health department shifted 22 patients from Washim and Akola to Mumbai's JJ Hospital. They are undergoing treatment in the hope of a miracle to get back vision.

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