‘Those who could see became blind after surgery’

‘Those who could see became blind after surgery’

Patients, attendants at SMHS say that doctors negligent, hiding reports
SRINAGAR: Family members of pellet-hit patients at SMHS hospital have alleged that the hospital is not pro¬viding proper treatment to their kith and kin, who are on the brink of losing their eyesight.
Several attendants of the patients admitted at SMHS hospital said that that the hospital was dilly-dallying in treating patients with urgency and care, which has led to severe complications in the eyes of many patients.
“When Suhail underwent his first operation, he had regained 50 percent of his eye sight, but then the doctor conducted another surgery on him which has rendered him blind. He cannot see anything now, he can only feel a shadow, that too, when an object is moved in front of him,” said Zubair Ah¬mad, brother of a pellet victim who has lost sight in his right eye.
“I don’t understand why he was operated again if he had regained 50 percent of his eye¬sight after the first surgery,” Zubair said.
Rashid, whose son is admit¬ted at the hospital, said that the doctors were not properly trained. “There are high quality equipments here to treat the patients, but the doctors are not skilled enough to use these equipments,” he said.
Rashid said that his son was brought to the hospital on July 10. He had shown improvement initially, but after the doctors operated on him, he lost his eyesight. “When he was first brought here, he could even check the time on the wall clock. But when the doctors operated on him, he lost the ability to see. Now they have asked him to lie on his abdomen and have promised him that his eyesight will be restored after 8 days. Three days have passed and he has shown no improvement,” Rashid said.
Zahoor Ahmad, whose broth¬er is being treated for eye injuries, said that doctors were not allowing him to have his brother treat-ed at another hospital outside the state. “They are not allowing us to have our patients treated outside the state. I don’t understand why. There are better hospitals out¬side and I am ready to sacrifice anything for my brother, even if I have to sell my house,” said Zahoor, a resident of Kupwara.
Terming the behaviour of medicos as fishy, relatives of patients said that the hospital authorities seemed to be hiding information about the extent of injury to the pellet victims. “None of the medical reports of the pellet victims are with the patients. The doctors have taken them away. While files of other patients can be found at their bedside, those hit by pellets have no access to it. This is creating doubts among the patients and their attendants,” said a pellet victim, wishing anonymity.
Responding to the allegations, medical superintendent of SMHS, Nazir Choudhary, said that the hospital authorities were employing every means to help the patients. “We are trying our best and doing everything we can to help the patients,” he said.
An ophthalmologist who has been treating pellet victims at the SMHS hospital said that there was no need for patients to seek treatment at any other hospital. “Why should they go to other states for treatment? When doctors from outside are arriving here to treat the patients, what is the need?” he said.
When asked why medical re¬ports of pellet victims were not by their side, the ophthalmologist, wishing anonymity, said, “

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