Srinagar, November 08: Many pellet-hit students with visual impairment have approached the SMHS Hospital for aiding them in getting permission for a helper who can write their exams answer sheets.
These students are set to appear in Class 10 and 12 exams commencing next week.
Doctors at SMHS Hospital said that a number of students with pellet injuries to their eyes were studying in Class 10 and 12. Although, as per doctors, a number of students have opted not to appear in the exams falling coming week, there are a few that have decided to appear. “At least 13 students of class 10 and eight students of class 12 have approached us for certification of visual impairment,” doctors said.
During the ongoing uprising, Indian forces fired pellets on hundreds of protesters, many of whom were killed or blinded. Although, most pellet victims received treatment for their eye injuries at SMHS Hospital, officials said that ophthalmologists at other hospitals, even at peripheral level can provide the certificate of disability to the victims.
“There were at least 50 class 10 and 12 students who had pellet injuries. Many must have procured certificate from their local hospitals,” doctors said.
The doctors stated that pellet injuries have caused impairment of varying degree in those injured in eyes and even caused some eyes to lose entire vision, rendering the victims blind. “These people are not able to see well but they have decided to take exams,” a senior Ophthalmologist at SMHS Hospital said.
He added that many of they were admitted at the hospital for many days some even getting admitted twice or thrice for surgeries.