Varanasi: 7 people lose eyesight after getting ‘infected’ injection

Varanasi: At least seven people reported loss of vision in one eye each after the alleged use of infected injection at the Ophthalmology department of Banaras Hindu University.

The patients filed a complaint against the BHU professor Dr. OP Singh Maurya, who gave them the injection on Sunday.

The seven patients had consulted Dr. O.P.S. Maurya on Jan 28, he asked them to buy an injection collectively for Rs 23500," said Sanjeev Mishra, SHO Lanka Police Station.

"Five of the victims have given a joint complaint, they lost sight in one eye next day," he added.

According to reports, all the patients were given injection for an eye ailment from the same vial, which costs Rs. 23,500 on January 28 at the ophthalmology department of Sir Sunderlal Hospital at Institute of Medical Science-Banaras Hindu University (IMSBHU).

Five of the patients- Atma Ram Singh, Harihar Singh, Vinod Kumar Singh, Kamla Singh, Lakshman Sharma, Ram Gahan and Jagdish Prasad, reported vision loss and filed a complaint of medical negligence on Sunday.

Dr. OP Maurya however denied all allegations saying that there had been no negligence on his part.

Soon after, the vial of injection that was administered to the patients was sent for testing at laboratory of IMS-BHU. The tests revealed the presence of gram-negative bacilli bacteria in the injection.

Dr. Maurya said that all the patients were given antibiotic doses for recovery after which some improvement has been noticed in their vision, the Times of India reported.

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