Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy: Hospital where 13 women died was not in use since April

After the botched sterilisation surgeries in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh which left 13 women dead and 69 critically ill, reports say that the hospital where 83 surgeries were performed was not in use since April of this year.

Updated: Nov 13, 2014, 00:41 AM IST
Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy: Hospital where 13 women died was not in use since April

Raipur: After the botched sterilisation surgeries in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh which left 13 women dead and 69 critically ill, reports say that the hospital where 83 surgeries were performed was not in use since April of this year.

The reports also say that the hospital even lacked the basic infrastructure to carry out the operations.

Meanwhile, the Chhattisgarh High Court, suo moto cognisance of the the incident, has sought a detailed report from the state government within ten days on the botched sterilisation surgeries.

The court also asked the state government to apprise the amicus curiae on the day-to-day developments so that they can further brief the court.

Furthermore, PTI reported that NHRC has asked Chhattisgarh government to file a report within two weeks over death of women following the deaths in Bilaspur.

A seven-member team of doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi, today visited Bilaspur to attend the victims of a botched sterilisation procedure at a state-run camp.

On November 8, about 83 women had undergone surgeries at a sterilisation camp held at Nemichand Jain Cancer and Research Centre at Pendari village in Takhatpur.

Later, almost all of them, aged below 32, were hospitalised after they developed post-operative complications.

A three-member committee has been constituted to investigate the incident even as four health officials including two senior doctors - Chief Medical and Health Officer of Bilaspur R K Bhange, laparoscopic surgeon Dr R K Gupta, State Programme Convener, family planning, Dr K C Urao and Block Medical Officer, Takhatpur, Dr Pramod Tiwari - were suspended in this connection.

An FIR has also been lodged against the surgeon under whose supervision the sterilisation camp was organised.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those undergoing treatment, the cost of which will be borne by the government.

(With PTI inputs)