Thursday January 17, 2019

Most victims of botched up eye surgery in Barwani can’t be cured

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Indore: It would be difficult to help most of the 45 people, who developed an infection after a botched up cataract surgery in Barwani in Madhya Pradesh last month, to get their eyesight back, a team of doctors from AIIMS-New Delhi said here on Sunday.

Most of the patients developed a severe infection with pus so that as many as 40 of them might not get their vision back, AIIMS ophthalmologist Dr Atul Kumar told reporters, adding that only 4-5 patients would be able to regain their eyesight.

He said the patients were, however, getting the right treatment now in Indore at Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital and Aurobindo Hospital, where they were referred to in the days following the surgery when they began to report complications.

Atul Kumar said it was possible that contaminated water was used for washing the eyes of patients during the surgeries which were carried out in a medical camp organized by the government in Barwani district from November 16 to 24.

The operation theatre, equipment and drugs used in the surgeries were also the subject of an investigation ordered by the state government, he said.

Facing flak, the government has also decided to conduct an infection-audit of operation theatres of all district hospitals.

The public health and family welfare department has directed all its joint directors to conduct the audit.

The team of doctors from AIIMS came here on Sunday on the directions of union Health Minister JP Nadda for review and treatment of patients who had developed an infection.

Those developing infections belong to a group of 86 who underwent cataract surgery at the medical camp. The botched surgeries came to light after the chief medical and health officer of Barwani submitted a report on the eye camp to the joint director of health services, Indore, on Thursday.

On Friday, the state government suspended Dr RS Palod, under whose guidance the camp was organized, assistant Pradeep Chouksey and staff nurses Leela Verma, Maya Chouhan, Vinita Chouksey and Shabana Mansuri.

(Inputs from IANS)

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AIIMS Prepares Research Project on Air Pollution’s Impact on Health

"People with respiratory problems are increasing. Apart from asthma patients, there were fresh cases who visited AIIMS owing to pollution,"

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AIIMS launches research project on air pollution's impact on health.

As the National Capital Region (NCR) battles poor air quality during winter, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has started a research project to study the effects of air pollution on public health.

“Delhi’s air quality deteriorates every year during Diwali owing to multiple reasons like stubble burning and bursting of crackers. However, last year, when the air pollution level escalated, we noticed a surge in patients visiting AIIMS,” Dr Karan Madan, Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders, AIIMS, who is part of this research programme, told IANS.

So the country’s premier medical research and referral hospital decided to conduct empirical research on the impact of air pollution on health.

For the study, titled “DAPHNE” (Delhi Air Pollution Health And Effects), AIIMS researchers have developed an air pollution sensor technology.

“This sort of study has not been earlier conducted in India. The device has been developed in a belt format which is very light and it gives clear continuous pollution data. The belt can be wrapped around the waist or on the arms,” Madan said.

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In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo steam and cooling towers of a lignite power plant are reflected in a pond in Peitz, eastern Germany. VOA

He explained that the device is wireless and directly sends data to a monitoring system through a Global Positioning System (GPS). AIIMS is primarily focusing on children suffering from pulmonary diseases like asthma, bronchitis and other breathing troubles — as well as pregnant women.

The device, which is to be worn by children suffering from asthma or bronchitis, will give an idea of the exposure level of air pollution when one is travelling in the school bus, at home, when in school, or outdoors while playing.

“On pregnant women, we are trying to see how pollution might affect the unborn child. We are also trying to figure out the birth rate issue from this study owing to poor air quality,” Madan noted.

Funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Medical Research Council, Britain, the project is a collaborative effort of the the two nations.

In India, apart from AIIMS, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, IIT Delhi and GTB Hospital are also associated with the research.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

“While the data on asthma in children will be compiled at AIIMS, GTB Hospital will be following the cases of pregnant women,” Madan said.

The research process, initiated last year, began on a pilot basis two months ago. Dr Madan stated that around 10 children have been given this belt across Delhi NCR.

“So far, the project is going good and the readings have come accurate. The study will conclude next year and the report will be released,” he added.

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Talking about the rise in health hazards among residents in the National Capital Region and its surrounding areas, Madan said that AIIMS has witnessed an increase of 15-20 per cent in the number of patients with cases of respiratory problems like coughing, heavy breathing, asthma symptoms, and burning sensation in throat and nose.

“People with respiratory problems are increasing. Apart from asthma patients, there were fresh cases who visited AIIMS owing to pollution,” he stated. (IANS)