KANPUR: At least 32 people in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao were operated for cataract at a government hospital under torchlight on Monday night, prompting authorities to transfer the district’s top health official and suspend a doctor for negligence and violation of norms.
The surgeries were conducted under the light of two torches at the primary healthcare centre (PHC) in Nawabganj, which like many rural areas of Uttar Pradesh gets electricity for only 12 hours a day.
“This is height of negligence. No one will be
spared,” Unnao district magistrate Ravi Kumar N said on Tuesday.
Kumar ordered a probe by joint magistrate Manish Bansal and additional chief medical officer RK Gautam after he was told about the surgeries, which were carried out during an outage.
Power went off at around 7pm on Monday night and came back on Tuesday morning, sources said.
Chief medical officer (CMO) Rajendra Prasad gave the permission for the surgeries in violation of norms, sources said.
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source: Hindustan Times