25 complain of blindness after cataract surgery

August 24th, 2008 - 4:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 24 (IANS) Relatives of at least 25 people who complained of blindness after a cataract surgery at a private hospital blocked traffic at Perambalur in Tamil Nadu Sunday, the police said.Of the 55 operations conducted July 29, families of the 25 said they had lost their sight. A police complaint has been lodged by some of the victims.

The charges have been denied by the Joseph Eye Hospital, which conducted the operations.

“Only six people complained of total blindness, which we are attending to. Others suffering from irritation are also being attended to and are responding favourably,” hospital spokesperson S. Akhila said on telephone from Tiruchirappalli, 25 km south of Perambalur.

Situated some 275 km south of Chennai, Perambalur is a backward district with few industries and job opportunities.

Its land had turned barren due to absence of rains and drying up of the water table, leading to near total failure of agricultural vocations.

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