HC wants Chuadanga eye victims to be compensated for losing eyesight following surgery

Published: April 01, 2018 18:25:21 | Updated: April 02, 2018 17:24:09

The High Court (HC) on Sunday issued a rule asking officials concerned to explain in two weeks as to why 20 people, who recently lost eyesight after surgery at a health camp in Chuadanga, shall not be given Tk 10 million each as compensation.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Md. Iqbal Kabir passed the order after holding hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard, reports BSS.

The court asked 10 officials including health secretary, home secretary, director general of Directorate General of Health Services, Chuadanga civil surgeon, deputy commissioner and superintendant of police to reply to the rule within two weeks.

The court set May 6 for holding hearing on the matter.

"Apart from giving compensation, the court asked for explanations as to why punishment shall not be given to people responsible for those botched surgeries," said Amit Das Gupta, who filed and stood for the plea before court.

Many people from different areas of Chuadanga went for cataract surgery at an eye camp organised at Impact Masudul Haque Memorial Community Health Centre on March 5.

But twenty of them fell sick caused by eye infection following the surgery.

Later, they were brought to capital, where doctors had to remove one eye of each of the 20 victims to save at least the other one.

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