Berhampur, Sept 26 (LocalWire): Cataract surgeries of patients, which were held up for more than six months at the eye department of the government-run MKCG Medical College and Hospital here following the outbreak of the COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown, have been resumed.
The cornea transplantation procedure in the medical college however, is yet to be started.
“We have already started cataract surgeries in the hospital since last week, following the government guidelines,” said the head of the ophthalmology department, Suchitra Dash.
On an average, surgeries of around seven persons daily have been done, she said. The government had issued guidelines for treatment of the eye patients and performing of the required surgeries in August.
“Even though the pandemic situation is yet to be subsided in Ganjam, we have decided to conduct the cataract surgeries. If the surgeries are delayed further, patients will risk losing their eyesight,” she said,
Besides conducting some other pathological tests, we have also conducted the antigen test of the patients in the medical college before conducting the surgeries.
At least eight persons, including the surgeon and two post graduate students are involved in conducting a surgery. If we don’t conduct the antigen test of the patients, chances of infection of the entire team with coronavirus increase, she added.