Unrest Kashmir struggling against ‘time’ to treat victims of pellet injuries

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As the eye injury cases are on peak at the Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital or SMHS Hospital or SMHS hospital, the doctors are fighting against time to provide timely treatment to the afflicted.

Since Friday evening, the ophthalmology department alone admitted 70 persons with pellet injuries to one or both eyes.

A senior doctor of the hospital said,“It was the worst that we have ever seen. In less than 24 hours we conducted surgeries of around 60 persons with eye injuries.”

After the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, the ophthalmology department of the hospital has admitted more than 330 person with eye injuries resulting from pellets, as per official records.

Most of the patients have been given the intial treatment but the challenge for the doctors at the opthalmology department is to timely perform operations.

Doctors said that almost all the patients with eye injuries need to undergo the retinal surgeries which may improve the chances of victims to gain their vision in the mangled eye.

“Though we have conducted the retinal operation upon more than 80 persons the growing rush of the victims is forcing us to delay the continuation of the second­line treatment of the admitted patients, it is a concern but we are giving our best,” said a senior surgeon.

The challenge for the department has also increased since there are only three retinal surgeons at the hospital.

Wefornews Bureau

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