Sterilisation botch-up: AIIMS docs visit hospitalised women in Chhattisgarh

A seven-member team of doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi, on Wednesday visited Bilaspur to attend to the victims of a botched sterilisation procedure at a state-run camp which claimed the lives of 11 women and left nearly 69 others ill, some of them critical.

Bilaspur: A seven-member team of doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi, on Wednesday visited Bilaspur to attend to the victims of a botched sterilisation procedure at a state-run camp which claimed the lives of 11 women and left nearly 69 others ill, some of them critical.

"Whatever treatment is being provided to the victims is good," Dr Anjan Trikha, Professor of Anaesthesia at AIIMS, said during a brief interaction with mediapersons after visiting Apollo Hospital here.

When asked about the cause behind the deaths, Dr Tirkha said, "The exact cause behind the casualties can only be established after getting complete reports."

Dr Neena Malhotra, Dr Sanjeev Sinha, Dr Kapil Dev Soni, Dr M Mahapatra, Dr Sanjay Agrawal and Dr Aarti Kapil were the other AIIMS team members who visited different hospitals here.

As many as 69 women suffering from post-operative complications, following the botched sterilisation procedure at a camp in Pendari village of Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur town on Saturday, are admitted in different hospitals here.

As per local hospital doctors, the condition of 14 women admitted to CIMS (Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Science) and Apollo Hospital is critical.

"Twenty two women are admitted in CIMS, of whom 13 are undergoing treatment in medical ward while 9 critical patients are in the ICU," Dr D Kumar of CIMS said.

Apollo hospital's PRO Devesh Gopal informed that 30 women were undergoing treatment at their hospital, out of whom five were critical and kept in the Intensive Care Unit.

Besides, 17 other women were admitted in Bilaspur district hospital and were being provided necessary treatment.

On November 8, 83 women, all residents of nearby villages, had undergone surgeries at the sterilisation camp held at Nemichand Jain Cancer and Research Centre in Pendari village of Takhatpur region.

Under attack from opposition Congress which demanded his resignation, Chief Minister Raman Singh announced a high-level probe into the matter and suspended four officials, including the Chief Medical and Health Officer of Bilaspur, and transferred Director of Health Services Dr Kamalpreet Singh.

Those who were suspended in connection with the botched sterilisation procedure are-Chief Medical and Health Officer of Bilaspur RK Bhange, laparoscopic surgeon Dr RK Gupta, State Programme Convener, family planning, Dr KC Urao and Block Medical Officer, Takhatpur, Dr Pramod Tiwari.

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.

A three-member committee has been constituted to investigate the incident.

Health Services Deputy Director Amar Singh had said preliminary examination suggested hypovolemic shock, an emergency condition in which severe blood and fluid loss make the heart unable to pump enough blood to the body, or septic infection as possible causes for the women's deaths.

However, the exact reason would be known only after autopsies are performed.

The women, who had been operated upon, had been discharged after providing medicines the same night but within 24 hours of the surgery most of them began vomiting and complained of abdominal pain following which they were rushed to different hospitals.

Eight women died during treatment on Monday, while three died last evening. 

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