Cataract surgery on 32 patients in torchlight; CMO suspended
Unnao (UP): The district administration on Tuesday suspended the chief medical officer after shocking reports surfaced that 32 cataract patients were operated upon in torchlight for want of steady electricity supply at a state-run facility here.
"Taking a serious note of the matter, the Uttar Pradesh government acted promptly and suspended CMO Rajendra Prasad," Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said.
He said the in-charge of the community health centre (CHC) at Nawabganj has also been sent packing.
A report has been sought by the state health department regarding the entire episode.
According to the visuals that went viral on social media, 32 cataract operations were done at the CHC in Nawabganj on Monday in the torchlight as there was no electricity or power back-up there.
The CMO earlier said the acting district magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter and the organisation entrusted with the task could be blacklisted, if found guilty.
Meanwhile, some relatives of the patients complained that they were not provided with any beds after the procedure and that they were made to lie down on floors despite the extreme cold.