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4 women dead, 20 critical after sterilisation camp in Minister’s district

Chhattisgarh doctor, assistant conducted 83 tubectomies in five hours.

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | Raipur | Published: November 11, 2014 3:54 am
A woman being taken to hospital on Monday. (Source: Express photo) A woman being taken to hospital on Monday. (Source: Express photo)

Two days after 83 women opted for laparoscopic tubectomies at a family planning camp organised by the Chhattisgarh government in Bilaspur, four women died on Monday while at least 20 more are reported to be in a serious condition.

The office of Bilaspur Chief Medical Officer R K Bhange told The Indian Express that senior surgeon Dr R K Gupta and his assistant conducted all the operations in five hours. Bhange, however, ruled out negligence. “There was no negligence. He is a senior doctor. We will probe,” he said.

The camp was held in Pendari area of Takhatpur in Bilaspur, the home district of Health Minister Amar Agarwal, on Saturday.

“Eighty-three women underwent the operation, 25 are in hospital and some are very serious… We have already ordered a probe and the post-mortem reports are expected tomorrow,” said Agarwal. The state government has announced a relief of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those dead, and Rs 50,000 for those critical.

According to reports, the women — all residents of neighbouring villages and most of them from BPL families — were discharged soon after their surgery on Saturday. But as their condition deteriorated, they were referred to the Bilaspur district hospital on Monday, where four of them died — three have been identified as Janaki Bai Suryvanshi, Dipti Yadav and Rekha Nirmalkar, all under 30 years.

The camp was organised as part of the central government’s family planning programme under which a woman gets Rs 1,400 for undergoing the operation, and the health worker who brings them gets Rs 200 for each woman.

The Congress accused the state government of negligence in a bid to meet the central government’s targets. A three-member panel has been set up to probe the incident.

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  1. P
    Nov 11, 2014 at 7:15 am
    RIP...TERRIBLE INCIDENT. SAD, Indian government hospital need to upgrade the services. But it is the atude that needs to change where poor people life is put on risk just to earn extra commission from tenders
    1. D
      DrMaruti Langoti
      Nov 11, 2014 at 4:21 am
      ya it seems ....... so sad ... Some where major issue is there , ligatures , instruments sterilization,other medicines quality or untrained doctor ...........
      1. G
        Nov 11, 2014 at 5:52 am
        GOI is now proposing to allow Homeopaths, ayurveda, siddha, unani pracioners to conduct MTP- Medical termination of Pregnancy or abortions, if done you will be reading such incidents day in and day out.Stae Govts of Maharashtra and Karnataka have legally allowed Homeopaths, ayurveda, siddha, unani pracioners to practice allopathy and they have equated ries of these people with Allopaths in Govt hospitals, by this they have created an environment to slaughter innocent citizens at the hands of quacks,Politicians, Bureaucrats must be forced to take treatment in the hands of such doctors at AIIMS and not allowed to fly to Singapore, USA etc. leaving rest of the citizens in the hands of these unqualified people to practice allopathy on happless patients.
        1. S
          Nov 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm
          They probably pierced the peritoneum, rather badly, it seems.
          1. Mahender Goriganti
            Nov 11, 2014 at 3:05 am
            It is possible something went wrong, even thought the doctors are competent, may be something to do with the ligatures
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