Days after the sterilisation horror in neighbouring Chhattisgarh was reported, as many as 132 women Saturday underwent laparascopic tubectomy in just five hours at a government camp in a Community Health Centre in Ghuvara, which falls under Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur district.
Fortunately, no complications have been reported from Ghuvara so far. Local media reports, however, suggested that the high number of surgeries, most of which were conducted well into the night and some after midnight, were carried out despite lack of proper arrangements at the health centre. Beneficiaries were reportedly carried by ward boys due to lack of stretchers. They were made to lie on the floor as the health centre did not have enough beds or blankets. Reportedly, over 50 women were sent away from the camp after the authorities realised they could not cope with the rush.
The allegations spurred the government on Monday to issue a new protocol restricting the number of surgeries in one camp to below 35.
Chhatarpur CMHO Dr V K Gupta, who visited some of the beneficiaries on Tuesday, denied the allegations and claimed that none of women had developed any complication or suffered infection. He admitted that the surgeries began late but added that it was not uncommon for such camps to go on well into the night.