In a rerun of Saturday’s laparoscopic tubectomies in Pendari area of Bilaspur that has left 12 women dead and at least 25 still serious, another such government fertilisation camp in the district has reported similar ailments among women.
Nearly 50 women had undergone the same surgery in just 2-3 hours in Pendra block of Bilaspur on Monday, the day first deaths of the Saturday’s camp were reported.
As was the case with the earlier surgeries, several of the women who were operated in Pendra have been admitted in Bilaspur hospitals today. The condition of nearly 10 of them is serious. Meanwhile, a team of specialist doctors from AIIMS reached Bilaspur today.
The guidelines state that if there are additional surgeons, instruments and supplies, the number of operations per team can be increased, but in no case should it exceed 50. Even then, it puts a cap of 10 operations by a single surgeon with a single instrument.
The government’s guidelines also state that all sterilisation camps must be organised only at “established healthcare facilities” recognised by the Government of India. However, the Bilaspur operations were conducted at a private charitable hospital in Pendri village which has remained closed, almost abandoned, for about a year now.
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