NHRC notice to Karnataka over failed eye surgeries

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The national human rights watchdog has sought a report from the Karnataka government after seven senior citizens lost sight in one eye due to a botched cataract operations in a government hospital, a statement said on Monday.

Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the chief secretary of the state, seeking a report within four weeks.

The commission said the surgeries were done at a free government camp in Mandya district of the state on April 1, this year under the “National Swasthya Beema Yojana”.

A few days after the surgery, the patients started feeling severe itching, leading to swelling in the operated eye and gradual loss of vision, the commission said.

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