Eye-specialists arrive from Mumbai to treat pellet-hit

A team of eye-specialists from Mumbai arrived here on Tuesday to join their counterparts at SMHS hospital and treat the Valley’s pellet victims.
Eye-specialists arrive from Mumbai to treat pellet-hit
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A team of eye-specialists from Mumbai arrived here on Tuesday to join their counterparts at SMHS hospital and treat the Valley's pellet victims. The team arrived as part of the hospital's stepped up effort for treatment of the pellet-hit persons.

Sources told Greater Kashmir that soon after its arrival here, the two-member team joined the surgeons from the Ophthalmology Department to operate upon the pellet victims. The Mumbai-team is led by renowned eye-specialist and Director Aditya Jyoti Mumbai, Dr S Nataranjan.

"The surgeons at the Ophthalmology Department have already performed several Vitrectomies (an advanced surgical procedure to repair a damaged eye) for the past many days. The schedule continued today as well as the specialist team from outside joined our team in the theatre," said the SMHS doctors.  

Besides, they said, the Department has already extended the working hours to "double its efforts" to take care of the pellet victims.

"We have set a schedule for completing the surgical procedures and we are going by that," the sources said.

While the doctors here have performed the first-line treatment of more than 140 pellet victims, they fear that a majority of the injured would require Vitrectomy.

Though the hospital had a single functional vitrectorny unit which was catering to daily routine patients, however owing to the "heavy load of trauma patients", another vitrectomy unit was made functional, the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, told the High Court today.

The sources said the GMC Srinagar has been working on "war-footing" for the past several days to ensure that the victims with pellet injuries in their eye (s) get the required treatment.

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