PIL on 46 people losing eyesight in eye camp filed in MP High Court by Law Student


The Madhya Pradesh High Court’s Indore Bench admitted a petition filed by Abhishek Gilke, a 21 years old vigilant law student regarding a State funded medical camp that was held between 16th to 22nd November 2016 because of which 46 out of the 80 people who were operated upon have lost their eyesight.

The petitioner-student quoted a newspaper article in a Hindi Daily being published [read here: http://naidunia.jagran.com/madhya-pradesh/indore-barwani-lights-losers-in-the-number-of-cataract-camp-reached46-593477] in Indore named ‘Naidunia Indore’ dated 4th December 2016 that more than 46 people have lost their eyesight after being operated upon at a state funded camp held at District Hospital, Badwani. The newspaper also stated that in the operation theatre there was a lot of dirt, spider webs and rusted articles here and there. Investigation is going on into the matter.

The petition stated that out of 80 surgeries done in the camp, more than 46 people have been infected and they have lost vision in their eyes. A team of senior doctors, verified the incident and reported that the infection was because of the use of infected instruments, saline, lenses and eyewash. It further went on to state that, “As per Declaration of Director Health and eye specialist Dr. Sharad Pandit, affected person will not get the vision in future.”

The petitioner sought for a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to each person who has lost vision, make a rehabilitation center and provide training to these persons so that they can continue to earn their livelihood. The petitioner also prayed before the Hon’ble High Court to register a case against the doctors, authorities and the supplier of drugs and the instruments for their gross negligence.

Read the copy of the PIL below.

PIL by Abhishek Gilke Badwani by Tilak Marg

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Alabhya is an Advocate practicing at Delhi High Court and other courts in Delhi. Contact: alabhya@dhamija.com

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