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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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Cabinet Approves Plan to Set-Up 20 AIIMS

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a plan to set up 20 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country, six of which have already been established, and to upgrade 73 medical colleges.

The decisions are part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which has been extended by two years till 2020, with a financial outlay of Rs 14,832 crore, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters while briefing on the cabinet decisions.

“Under this (PMSSY), we are going to set up 20 AIIMS in the country, six have already been established, and would upgrade 73 medical colleges. This is a historic decision,” said the Union Law and Information Technology Minister.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.
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The decision to extend the PMSSY was aimed to meet the shortfall in healthcare professionals and facilities across the country.

“Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in the region… Setting up of new AIIMS in various states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS,” said an official statement.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

The upgradation programme broadly envisages improving health infrastructure through construction of super specialty blocks, trauma centres and others, according to the statement.

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The procurement of medical equipment for existing as well as new facilities will be done on sharing basis by both Central and state governments.

“PMSSY was started during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to provide quality healthcare in remote areas as it’s not right to put all the pressure on AIIMS in Delhi. There were talks of setting up six AIIMS. But what happened in the next 10 years is for all to see,” said Prasad. (IANS)