Raipur/Bilaspur: In yet another case of botched sterilisation surgery in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur district, a woman died and several others were hospitalised after undergoing tubectomies at government-organised sterilisation camps in the Pendra block, a senior district official said here today.
Apart from her, one more woman, who was operated at Pendari village camp of Takhtapur on Saturday, also succumbed at Apollo Hospital in Bilaspur this evening, taking the toll of botched surgeries to 13 in past three days.
"A tribal woman Chaiti Bai (34) operated at a camp in Pendra block on Monday died while being brought to Bilaspur this evening," Bilaspur Division Commissioner Sonmani Borah told PTI.
"Another woman called Shivkumari passed away after her condition deteriorated during treatment at Apollo Hospital," Borah said.
While of 12 of 83 women who were operated upon at Nemichand Jain Cancer and Research Centre at Pendari village of Takhatpur block on Saturday have died so far, Chaiti Bai is the lone casualty from the Pendra surgical camp.
The officer said around 56 women underwent surgeries at different sterilisation camps held under the national family planning programme in Pendra, Gaurela and Marwahi, located around 120 km away from Bilaspur district headquarters on November 10, two days after the Pendari sterilisation camp.
Chaiti Bai, belonging to Baiga primitive tribe, was among around 20 women who were admitted to Bilaspur District hospital?today after they developed complications following surgeries at the Pendra centre.
"As a precautionary measure, we are shifting all women who underwent surgery in Pendra to hospitals in Bilaspur," Borah said.
He said that 68 women, operated in the Pendra camp are already undergoing treatment at different hospitals of Bilaspur.
Meanwhile, a senior doctor in the state-constituted
enquiry committee to probe these incidents said complications might have developed among women due to post operative medicines.
"We are yet to come to the conclusion about the cause behind these deaths since post-mortem reports as well as reports of various tests are awaited. We are conducting our investigation keeping in mind all points, including the condition of the operation theatre, pre-post operative measures, quality of medicines and surgery procedure simultaneously," the doctor told PTI.
He said complications might have risen due to reaction from medicines like pain killer Ibrufen and antibiotic Ciprofloxin given after the surgery.
He said that since April, so far around 20,000 women and 1,000 men have been covered under sterilisation drive under national family planning programme.
Meanwhile, a team of doctors from AIIMS in New Delhi, visited Bilaspur today and attended to women affected by the botched sterilisation.
Under attack from the opposition Congress which demanded his resignation, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh announced a high-level probe and suspended four officials, including the Chief Medical and Health Officer of Bilaspur as well as transferred Director of the Directorate Health Services Kamalpreet Singh.