Badal announces Rs 1 lakh compensation to victims of Gurdaspur eye camp

North Gazette News/Chandigarh
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Friday announced Rs 1 lakh interim relief and free medical treatment to the victims of medical eye camp in Gurdaspur’s Ghuman area.

Badal also ordered a high level probe into the Ghuman Medical camp tragedy in the Gurdaspur district that would headed by Principal Secretary, Health, Vinnie Mahajan.

“Badal directed Mahajan to rush to the site of tragedy for an on spot assessment of the tragedy and for supervising and expediting relief to the victims and their families,” Punjab government spokesperson said.

“Badal also announced an interim relief of Rs one lakh to each of the affected families, whose members have lost eyesight in the tragedy. Further, free medical treatment would be provided to all the victims of the tragedy and directed that all the patients should be re-examined for fresh treatment at the government level,” he added.

As per reports, around 60 people, most of aged persons, lost their eyesight after botched up cataract surgeries by a charitable hospital.

The victims were in the age group of 50-60 years. Around 16 persons are the residents of Amritsar area while rest of them are reportedly to be from Gurdaspur district.

“All the victims have been admitted in the hospitals of Amritsar and Gursdaspur for further medical treatment,” police said.