Following a High Court order, the authorities of Impact Memorial Community Health Centre on Tuesday paid Tk 5 lakh compensation to each of the 20 patients who lost their eyesight after surgery at the clinic in Chuadanga on March 5. Civil Surgeon Dr Khairul Alam handed over the compensation cheque to the patients at a programme at the conference room of the hospital.
On March 5, a total of 24 patients underwent cataract operations at the hospital and a day after the surgery all the patients were released. But a few hours after returning home 20 of them felt severe pain in their eyes due to infection. Initial diagnosis revealed that all of them were suffering from eye infection and gradually lost their eyesight.Earlier on April 1, the High Court issued a rule asking officials concerned to explain as to why the victims should not be given Tk 1 crore each as compensation after hearing a writ petition filed by lawyer Amit Das Gupta.
Later on October 22, the HC directed the authorities of Impact Masudul Hoque Memorial Community Health Centre in Chuadanga and IRIS Enterprise, a medicine supplier, to pay Tk 10 lakh as compensation to each of the 20 victims who lost their eyesight following surgery at a health camp.