About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia
LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Probe Finds Shared Needles in Mass Sterilisation Deaths in India

by Bidita Debnath on December 2, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Font : A-A+

 Probe Finds Shared Needles in Mass Sterilisation Deaths in India

An independent investigation into the deaths of 13 women after mass sterilisation surgeries in India found that the doctor and his staff used the same needles for all of the procedures and never changed their gloves.

The women died after being paid to have the surgery at a state-run camp in Chhattisgarh state last month, which also left dozens in hospital and sparked widespread criticism of India's family planning programme.

Advertisement

Authorities have blamed the deaths on the drugs given to the women after the operations, which they said were laced with a chemical commonly found in rat poison.

But an investigation by a team from four public health organisations found that the doctor and his staff operated on the 83 women in unhygienic conditions and that some of them probably died as a result of infection.
Advertisement

"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," the team's resulting report revealed.

"Neither were those sterilised nor new needles taken for each case," said the report seen by AFP.

The women suffered vomiting and a dramatic fall in blood pressure after undergoing laparoscopic sterilisation, a process in which the fallopian tubes are tied.

Sterilisation is one of the most popular methods of family planning in India, and many state governments organise mass camps where mainly poor, rural women can undergo the usually straightforward procedure.

Although the surgery is voluntary, rights groups say the target-driven nature of the programme has led to women being coerced into being sterilised, often in horrific conditions.

The doctor who performed the operations has denied any wrongdoing and claimed he was being made a scapegoat following his arrest over the deaths.

The government has said initial tests on antibiotics given to the women showed they were toxic, and police have arrested the local drug factory owner and his son.

Although tainted drugs could have caused the deaths, interviews with the doctor who conducted post-mortem examinations on the first seven women "suggested sepsis leading to septicaemia" was to blame, the report said.

As part of its inquiry, the team inspected the decommissioned hospital on the outskirts of Bilaspur where the surgeries were performed and two other camps. It also interviewed women who fell sick but survived, families of the victims as well as doctors and support staff.

The investigation is separate from an ongoing judicial inquiry ordered by the state government. Autopsy reports and final toxicology results of the suspect drugs have not been made public.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Emotional Healing
Psychosis Risk Related to Cat Parasite
Sedentary Behavior Precipitates Night-Time Hot Flashes
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Bereavement 

Recommended Reading
Tragic Sterilisation: Probe begins, Women register protests
As part of its probe, the one-member judicial panel under retired district and session judge Anita ....
India Defends Sterilisations After Deaths Spark Furore
India has defended a state-run programme that offers poor women cash incentives to get sterilised .....
Sterilisation Using Rusty Surgical Equipment Kills 13 Women in Central India
Rusty surgical equipment and contaminated medication are thought to have caused the deaths of at ......
Survey Says Male Sterilisation Not Preferred Method of Family Planning
Male sterilisation remains the least preferred method of family planning, reports survey....
Bereavement
Bereavement refers to grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one, especially during t...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use