Five patients complained of loss of vision in an eye each after being administered an injection, the vial of which turned out to be infected.
Patients submitting an application at Lanka police station in Varanasi on Sunday.
There is no dereliction (of duty) on my part. The vial of the injection, administered to patients, was sent for testing to the microbiology department at the IMS-BHU. The tests revealed the presence of gram negative bacilli (bacteria) in the injection.
The patients were given the injection in the eye for an ailment at the ophthalmology department of Sir Sunderlal Hospital at Institute of Medical Science-Banaras Hindu University (IMSBHU). All the patients were given the injection from the same vial costing Rs 23,500 on January 28, one of the patients Harihar Singh, claimed on Sunday. The patients had to buy the injection from the open market, he added.
Harihar Singh and four of the other affected patients — Laxman Sharma, Vinod Singh, Atmaram Singh and Ramgahan Singh — filed an application at the Lanka police station here on Sunday for registering a complaint of medical negligence.
Dr OPS Maurya, who administered the injection, however, denied any negligence on his part. Dr Maurya is a professor at the ophthalmology department.
He said, “There is no dereliction (of duty) on my part. The vial of the injection, which was administered to the patients, was sent for testing to the microbiology department at the IMS-BHU. The tests revealed the presence of negative bacilli (bacteria) in the injection. Soon after this finding, the patients were given an antibiotic dose which has taken affect. Hope, all the patients get back their vision.”
However, Harihar Singh, told HT, “Around one month back, I noticed a decline in vision in my left eye. I visited the ophthalmology department at Sir Sundar Lal Hospital on January 8. Dr OPS Maurya began treatment thereafter.” Harihar Singh claimed that Dr Maurya told him there was swelling in his retina and the condition would require an injection. The doctor asked him to visit the department again on January 28. Singh reached the department on the appointed day and Dr Maurya gave him an injection in his left eye. A similar dose was also given to Laxman Sharma, Vinod Singh, Atmaram Singh and Ramgahan Singh, Kamala Singh and Jagdish Prasad. Harihar Singh said on January 29 he experienced loss of vision in the eye which received the injection. He immediately consulted Dr Maurya.
“Dr Maurya gave me an antibiotic dose, saying it was meant to cure the infection. As there was no improvement, we consulted him again on January 30. Dr Maurya referred us to a private doctor, saying that he was a retina expert and would solve the problem.”
Harihar Singh and other patients claimed that they consulted the private doctor who advised them to undergo surgery. Harihar Singh and the other patients also claimed that Dr Maurya then told them that he had invited an eye expert from Sitapur for treating them.
By that time, the patients said they had lost faith in the doctor. Sub-inspector Sanjiv Kumar Mishra, station officer of Lanka police station, said that the patients’ application had been forwarded to the chief medical officer for further probe. A case would be registered and action would be taken after the probe, he added. hen contacted, Prof KK Gupta, medical superintendent of Sir Sundarlal Hospital, said that he was not aware about the entire matter. But if anyone consults him on Monday, he would speak to the IMS director.