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Sterilisation botch-up: AIIMS docs visit hospitalised women

AIIMS docs visit Sterlisation tragedy victims

Bilaspur, Nov 12 (PTI) A seven-member team of doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi, today 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.

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