Sterilisation Camps in Odisha Banned after Cycle Pumps Used in Angul

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 03: Taking a strong note of the use of cycle pumps in tubectomy surgeries at a government camp in Angul, the state government has issued a ban order on sterilisation camps after a public outcry.

"We have issued instructions that only established health care centres with a proper operation theatre and necessary equipment can conduct such surgeries under strict guidelines," a senior official of the state health department said. Also The Angul chief district medical officer (CDMO) Bidyadhar Sahoo has been issued with a show cause notice for use of bicycle pumps at the Banarpal camp in the district.

Mahesh Prasad Rout, the surgeon who used the bicycle pump, has been de-empanelled and a show cause notice has been served to him, he said.

Rout had conducted sterilisation surgeries at the community health centre in Banarpal in Angul district and used a bicycle pump to inflate the women's abdomen on Nov 28 (Friday) while conducting laparoscopic tubectomy.

Laparoscopic tubectomy is a surgical procedure conducted on women as a permanent method of contraception. As per the guidelines, no more than 30 people could be operated in a single day by one doctor and the surgeries are supposed to conducted between 9 am and 4 pm.

The state government came under criticism for irregularities committed at the sterilisation camps that reminded the case of Bilaspur in Chattishgarh where 53 women were killed in a sterilisation camp. Even the Centre has sought a report on the issue from the state government.

The Odisha Human Rights Commission has begun its probe into the case yesterday. The Health secretary Aarti Ahuja said she had written to the district collectors to ensure that post-operative bed facilities and privacy of the women are ensured during such surgeries.

"The government has formed a special squad at the level of director, family welfare, for random checks on such operations. I have asked the collectors to form district-level squads as well," she said.

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