Srinagar: It has been more than a week since five patients with critical eye injuries were shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi for treatment to restore their eyesight. These five patients were hit in their eyes by pellets and the state government shifted them to AIIMS. Two of these patients, Asif Ahmad Sheikh and 14-year-old Insha Mushtaq, were operated on Friday, but their relatives said that doctors had “wasted their time” and made “fake commitments”. The doctors have told them that Insha and Asif will not regain eyesight. The other three patients are still awaiting surgery.
Vakil Ahmad, who accompanied Insha to AIIMS, said, “There is nothing here. They are wasting our time. After the operation of Insha, Dr Neelam, who is looking after her, said that both her eyes are critically damaged, that she cannot see again.”
Insha has also suffered pellet injuries in her head. She was hit by pellets at her home in Shopian.
“Indian media is claiming that all five patients’ eyesight has been restored. It is a lie. Doctors just come to see them, prescribe medicines and leave. Everything here is unorganised,” said Imtiyaz Ahmad, who accompanied Junaid Ahmad Wani, his one eye damaged by pellets.
Abdul Rashid, father of Zahid Ahmad Bhat who has one eye damaged by pellets, said, “Doctors have not operated on him yet. They are saying that they will see if his eyesight can be restored by medication. They are wasting our time here. It was better if we had stayed home.”
He further said that politicians came to the hospital, talked to the attendants, and left without making any difference to the way the patients were being treated at the hospital.
Firdous Ahmad Dar is the fifth patient, both his eyes damaged by pellets. His attendant, who refused to be named, said that doctors were only prescribing medicines that were having no effect. “It is a mess here,” he said and asked why doctors were not performing any surgery.
Despite repeated phone calls to Dr Neelam Pushkar and Dr Hamid, who are looking after these five patients, they didn’t answer.