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NGOs say infection killed women, not spurious drugs

Alleging a “cover up that began from the second or third day”, the team has called for an independent probe.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | December 2, 2014 2:41:12 am

A fact-finding team from four NGOs has debunked the spurious drugs theory on the Chhattisgarh sterilisation deaths and alleged that patients recovering after the surgeries in Apollo hospital, and postmortem of at least seven victims have found evidence of septicaemia, indicating infection.

Alleging a “cover up that began from the second or third day”, the team has called for an independent probe. The report has been prepared by a team from Population Foundation of India, Family Planning Association of India, Parivar Seva Sansthan and Common Health.

According to Poonam Muttreja, executive director of PFI, “We found that some of the critical cases showed raised levels of procalcitonin that suggests septicaemia or infection in the blood. Postmortem of the first seven deaths at the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences and the District Hospital had evidence of peritonitis, or an inflation of the inner wall of the abdomen.”

In the report, Robbed of Choice and Dignity: Indian Women Dead after Mass Sterilisation, postmortem details were not included. Countering the theory of zinc phosphide mixed in the antibiotics administered to the patients, Dr. Alok Banerjee, from Parivar Seva Sansthan, said.

“According to forensic and toxicology experts, the amount of zinc phosphide required to be lethal for women is 4.5 gms, which is much higher than what could possibly have been consumed by the women.”

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