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Patients infected during cataract surgery in serious condition, probe underway (Update 2)

The Makarios hospital

Apollonion private hospital on Sunday said it has followed all indicated procedures as regards the post-surgery complications eight of its patients who underwent cataract surgery presented and who were rushed on Saturday at the Makarios Hospital for emergency treatment.

All eight were being operated on at Apollonion last Tuesday when they developed serious complications after becoming infected with a drug-resistant strain of bacteria and were then transferred to a private hospital in Limassol. Due to the seriousness of the situation, however, they were taken back to Nicosia, to the Makarios Hospital, where three ophthalmic surgeons were mobilised.

The state health services organisation Okypy said in an announcement late Saturday that the condition of the eight people was critical and the Makarios hospital team was taking all the necessary action to avoid damage to their sight.

Apollonion said on Sunday evening that after the patients had “some unfortunate complications” it took all indicated measures, including the suspension of the operation of the operating theatre in question and of a related facility and is carrying out all the appropriate checks and probes.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou tweeted: “Immediate mobilisation of Makarios Hospital for the treatment of the eight patient. We will do everything possible to restore their health. We wish everything goes well.”

All procedures at the private hospital had been suspended by decree, he said, pending an investigation by health authorities who visited the premises early on Sunday.

In an announcement later in the day, Okypy said the condition of the eight patients remained serious. All have now been treated.

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