Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has sanctioned Rs 3 lakh each to 23 people who developed eye infection after undergoing cataract surgeries at the Mettur Government Hospital last month.
An official release said, she also announced a monthly pension of Rs 1000 each to 21 victims, who had impaired visions following infection, from the differently-abled people pension scheme.
The release stated that cataract surgeries are being carried out under the Tamil Nadu National Programme for Control of Blindness every year. Around 5.5 lakh people benefit from this scheme every year, and Tamil Nadu is at the forefront of implementing this scheme.
The surgeries are provided free of cost to those from economically-poor families. At Mettur Government Hospital, every year 928 persons undergo cataract surgery.
@23 persons who developed infection undergoing cataract surgery between 14 and 16 June this year were immediately given advanced treatment at Coimbatore Aravind Eye Hospital, Salem Agarwal Hospital and Mohan Kumaramangalam Hospitals,” she said.
After treatment, two of the 23 patients regained complete vision. For 17 patients, the eye infection is under control but the status of regaining vision will be known only after three months, while four of them who still have infection continue to receive treatment in hospitals.
Also, Jayalalithaa has announced providing educational assistance to Brinda Devi, a medico from Melakuzhumani village near Srirangam to pursue her education.