Srinagar: Principal of the Government Medical College and Associated Hospitals, Srinagar, Dr Kaiser Ahmad on Friday said that an expert committee led by ophthalmologists would decide if pellets victims with eye injury should be shifted outside the state for treatment.
“Need of additional retina surgeons will be also examined by the committee. We have confidence in our own doctors, who have seen such patients since 2010 (when shotguns were introduced in J&K in crowd-control armoury),” he said.
Dr Ahmad said it is not “required” for people to go outside the state for treatment, at this stage. He said that people who have suffered pellet injury in their eyes often go “in desperation” for treatment outside the state. In many of these cases, Dr Ahmad said, the outcome has not been successful.
“We are equipped as per international standards. We will strictly go by our own ophthalmologists (and not from outside the state),” he said.
Dr Ahmad said that treatment of patients with pellets in their eyes was a long-drawn process and would be done in phases.
“One of the phases is the consolidation process, which takes six months to one year. Then we have the rehabilitation process, which includes psychological support,” he said.
So far, he said, the hospital has performed 211 eye surgeries on pellet victims to keep the eye-globe intact. In the secondary phase, 58 surgeries have been performed.
He said 551 eye surgeries had been performed in the past three weeks at the hospital.