8 Women dead, Dozens Critical after Sterilisation Camp in Chhattisgarh

Bilaspur, Nov 11: Eight women died and dozens are in critical condition after undergoing a sterilization operation at a government camp in Bilaspur district in Chhattisgarh. The government has ordered a probe into the matter, announcing a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each  for the next of kin of the four deceased.

The women underwent surgeries on Saturday as part of a free family planning camp. They reportedly started complaining of pain and fever on Monday. By late evening, eight died.

All the women have been admitted to Bilaspur district hospitals in critical condition and around 10 of them have been shifted to Apollo hospital for further treatment.

Reports said that their pulse rate dropped, vomiting and other ailments started after the women underwent surgery. Over 80 women were reportedly operated upon in five hours at the government-run Nemi Chand hospital in the Pendari area of Bilaspur, about 110 km from the state capital Raipur.

The surgeries were carried out by the doctors and assistants. However, the health officials denied any negligence committed during the operation. But, the families of the victims alleged that the surgeries were performed in one day hurriedly to meet the targets.

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