Women were made to sleep on the floor after they underwent a sterilization operation at a community health centre (CHC) of a village in MP’s Tikamgarh district, health department sources said.
A small sterilization camp was organised on Thursday at Niwari village’s CHC.
As per the sources around 18 sterilization operations were performed. Despite a limited number of patients, medical authorities asked them to lie down on the floor after the operation.
Women who complained of weakness were given glucose drips on the floor itself. “Though, thin mattresses rented from a tent house were provided but one can only imagine how the patients would have managed to stay there in such cold weather,” said an attendant with a patient.
According to local sources, facilities like milk, biscuits and juices were also not provided to the women.
Meanwhile health authorities from Tikamgarh have contradictory versions on this issue.
News is false, says block medical officer
Block medical officer (BMO), Niwari, Dr Vinod Bajpai told Hindustan Times that he went to Sagar for a meeting when the camp was held. He said that the news is false.
He said, “We have 30 beds in CHC and if there are more patients then we also have a big ward in which we assemble all facilities. Someone has purposely circulated wrong photos and news. It has not happened.”
A surgeon from Gwalior, Dr Goyal performed all these operations. Dr Malarya who is posted at Niwari CHC and headed the sterilization camp told HT that they tried but could not manage facilities for the patients. “We did not have adequate beds so these women patients were made to rest on the floor,” he said.
Tikamgarh chief medical and health officer Dr AK Tiwari could not be contacted.
Prior to this, on December 2 at Lidhora village CHC, a 25-year-old patient Seema Sen died after a sterilization surgery. Her father claimed the hospital’s negligence led to her death. On November 22, women who underwent surgery at a sterilization camp at Prithvipur CHC were forced to rest in squalid conditions at the camp. In the absence of basic amenities, around 130 women had to lie down on the dirty cement floor, under open sky, with garbage strewn nearby and street dogs roaming around.
On September 2, a woman along with her eight-month-old daughter was allegedly ousted from Chattarpur district hospital half an hour after she underwent sterilization surgery.