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Infection after cataract surgery

Cooch Behar, July 27: Eight patients who underwent cataract surgeries at Maharaja Jitendra Narayan Hospital here on Thursday were referred to other facilities after they developed eye infections.

Director of health services Biswaranjan Satpathy who termed the incident “rare”, said he would look into the matter.

Chief medical officer of health, Cooch Behar, Subhasis Saha, said: “Eight persons have eye infection following cataract removal and they have been referred to Jalpaiguri district hospital. One was shifted to a nursing home. We have set up a three-member team to investigate the matter.”

The patient in the private hospital is a relative of a health department employee.

“The infection is considerably less for five. Two others would need another operation. It is extremely rare. I will look into it. We have sent the director of the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital to Jalpaiguri to prescribe treatment,” Satpathy said.

Calcutta-based ophthalmologist Amitava Biswas said the effect of oral antibiotics is believed to be “minimal” on the eyes. It is necessary to treat the condition with injections into the eye. “Since disposable kits are used for surgeries, cases with infections are less. There could have been a problem with the fluids used for surgeries. Their batch numbers have to be tested,” he said.

Eye surgeons said, the problem could also be with sterilisation of surgical equipment or doctors and nurses not going through proper fumigation or untidiness of the OT.

Bijoy Sarkar, 52, a peasant, said: “On Friday, when the bandage on my right eye was removed, I could not see. I was told my eye was infected.”