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Women seek compensation and assistance for vision loss

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Women, who lost their vision after undergoing cataract surgery, at the Tirunelveli Collectorate on Monday.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN
Women, who lost their vision after undergoing cataract surgery, at the Tirunelveli Collectorate on Monday.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Old women, who lost their vision after undergoing cataract surgeries, submitted a petition to Collector C.Samayamoorthy on Monday seeking monthly assistance and compensation for the vision loss.

In their petition, the women, who were accompanied by Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) cadre from Kadayanallur, stated that cataract surgery was performed on 15 persons at a free eye screening camp conducted by a team of doctors from the Tenkasi Government Hospital at the Primary Health Centre at Sernthamaram village on April 8.

Seven of them lost their vision after three days and the district administration’s efforts to restore sight by admitting them in a private hospital for advanced medical intervention also went in vain. Though the victims were assured of adequate compensation and monthly assistance when they were admitted to the private hospital, they were yet to receive them, they said.

“We are farmhands. After we lost vision we could not get work and lost the only source of revenue. The Collector should take steps to get us adequate compensation and monthly assistance,” they said.

The jamaath cadre said the government should also initiate action against the doctors whose callous approach led to loss of vision to seven poor labourers.

“Besides releasing adequate compensation from the Chief Minister’s General Relief Fund, the administration should initiate action against the doctors who caused the vision loss,” said Mohamed Abbas, president, TNTJ’s Kadayanallur unit.

Tailors’ plea

A group of tailors, all members of Valliyoor Tailors Welfare Cooperative Society, submitted a petition to the Collector saying they were yet to be given wages for the free uniforms they had stitched in the past few months.

Though the amount meant for the wages had been withdrawn from the bank by accountant Amali, it was not disbursed. Hence, action should be taken against the woman who went underground after the matter came to light, the petitioners said.

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