A writ petition has been filed with the High Court seeking Tk1 crore as compensation for each of the 20 people people who lost one of their eyes after eye operations at IMPACT Masudul Haque Memorial Community Health Centre in Chuadanga.
Lawyer Amit Dasgupta filed the petition on Sunday following a report titled "20 people lose eyes at an eye campaign" published in a daily newspaper on March 29.
The hearing will likely take place at the bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Iqbal Kabir, said the petitioner.
The petition sought a rule asking why inaction of the health centre and related doctors in adopting proper measures while conducting eye operations of so many people during a three-day campaign should not be declared illegal.
It also sought legal action against hospital authorities and doctors.
Secretaries to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Home, directorate general of health services, Chuadanga civil surgeon, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Chuadanga, IMPACT Masudul Haque Memorial Community Health Centre and Dr Md Shahin, who conducted the surgery, are named respondents to the rule.
According to the newspaper report, the affected people are poor. They had eye operations at the community health centre after taking loans from relatives or NGOs or selling their domestic animals.
They were suffering from eye infection after the operation. Later they were sent to Dhaka for better treatment. IMPACT covered the costs.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com