Clinical I-QMed where four people were operated in the eyes “had no operating license,” admitted the TSF regional health delegate, Francisco Mendonça.
Four people are in danger of blind after being operated in a Dutch private clinic, I-QMed in Lagoa, Algarve. One patient, a woman of 35 years with myopia had surgery to implant intraocular contact lenses, but two days after the intervention, July 22, was admitted to the ophthalmology specialty at St. Joseph Hospital with a serious infection the two eyes, one endophthalmitis, which can cause blindness. The other three patients, aged between 65 and 88 years, suffering from cataracts.
Speaking to the TSF, the regional delegate of Health of the Algarve, Francisco Mendonça explained how became aware of this situation, adding that the clinic I-QMed had no license to operate.
“The ARS Algarve only had information that four patients had been intervened in this clinic and would be admitted to hospital in Lisbon. Perantes this news, as a precautionary measure suspended the clinical activity »
“We had this information on July 27 but that day the clinic was already closed for works. The clinic also received the ARS notification on 28 July and will only reopen after the clearing of the facts by the General Inspection of Health and after being duly licensed », explained Francisco Mendonça.
The Director-General of Health, Francisco George told TSF that the Dutch physician responsible for clinical Lagoon, is in contact with the head of the Capuchin Hospital, where the four patients are admitted.
“It [the Dutch physician] is occurring problem and I think that may be the way to Portugal. Patients are being properly treated at the Hospital of the Capuchins, in the eye clinic and at this time, the inspective work in development, “said Francis George.
The four patients are admitted to the Hospital of the Capuchins, in Lisbon, with “very poor prognosis,” advanced to the TSF to hospital.