CM requisitions team of doctors from Centre to treat pellet victims110+ patients with severe eye injuries may lose vision | Govt. to facilitate treatment of gravely-injured outside JK

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July 13, 2016 0 Comments TOP STORIES 277 Views
CM requisitions team of doctors from Centre to treat pellet victims110+ patients with severe eye injuries may lose vision | Govt. to facilitate treatment of gravely-injured outside JK

Amid reports that doctors at SMHS hospital were unable to cope up with the growing number of patients with pellet injuries in their eyes, the J&K government Wednesday urged the Centre to send a team of specialist doctors.
According to an official spokesperson, a specialized team of surgeons from New Delhi and other parts of the country are being rushed to Kashmir to take care of the persons injured in ongoing law and order situation and needing super-specialty care.
According to health department officials, over 100 patients with severe eye injuries have reported at the SMHS hospital in Srinagar over the last four days with a majority of them looking at the prospects of loss of vision.
“Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti spoke to the Union Health Minister, Mr J P Nadda this morning requesting him to send a specialized team of doctors including retina surgeons to Kashmir to take care of the injured who have suffered ophthalmic and other traumas,” the spokesperson said.
“We are expecting these specialized doctors to arrive here today and get down to the job immediately,” a health department official said.
He said on the instructions of the chief minister, the government is also facilitating shifting of any injured person outside the state, who needs super-specialized treatment, not available here.
According to reports, over 1000 people have suffered different firearm injuries over the last four days of civilian unrest in the Valley with many patients not even reporting at the hospital out of fear of police profiling.
Of these, nearly 200 were admitted at SMHS hospital, forcing the administration to declare a medical emergency and order doctors on leave to report back. The worst-hit has been the Department of Ophthalmology where over 90 surgeries were carried out in just 48 hours.
The Department received 110 patients, including a seven-year-old and twelve-year-old girl, with pellet injuries in their eyes. “20 patients have been discharged with good vision while 33 patients have seen fair amount of visual improvement but they will still require treatment,” a senior doctor, who didn’t want to be named, said. “The rest of patients will require two or three surgeries for recovery. We are not sure how many of them will recover”.

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