An independent investigation into the deaths of 13 Indian
women as a result of sterilisation has exposed that doctors reused the same
needles and gloves for all patients.
The women died at a government-organised sterilisation camp
in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur district (central India) last month.
Eighty-three women were operated on over the course of six
hours at a camp. The probe showed that the sterilisation surgeries had been
conducted in unhygienic conditions.
None of the
staff changed their hand gloves in between the procedures. The same injection
needle and syringe, and the suture needle were used for all the cases."
"Neither were those
sterilized nor new needles taken for each case," a report by four public health
Locals initially alleged carelessness and claimed the
tubectomy surgeries were rushed. A single doctor and assistant performed all of
the tubectomies, according to Indian Media.
Authorities originally attributed the deaths to post-surgery
medication which reportedly contained traces of a chemical found in rat poison.
Many of the women who underwent the sterilizations in Chhattisgarh were paid
$23 to have the surgery.
Bicycle Pump Used As Womb Inflation Device in Odisha
A medical professional allegedly used a bicycle pump to
inflate the wombs of 56 women after carrying out the laparoscopic tubectomies,
Indian media reported on Wednesday.
The professional from Odisha reportedly said that in the
past 10 years he has undertaken at least 60,000 operations using the
An insufflator must be used to pump
carbon dioxide gas into the abdomen of women. The insufflator has an automatic
adjustment of gas pressure and flow performance. It keeps the procedure safe," expert health professionals said.