Poor turnout at vasectomy camp
AGAINST THE enormous target of sterlising 5000 males, only 258 operations?a mere 5.16 per cent of the goal?were performed using non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) during the two-day camp organised by the Health Department on Friday and Saturday across seven centers at various rural and urban centers in Indore district.india Updated: Jan 21, 2007 03:08 IST
AGAINST THE enormous target of sterlising 5000 males, only 258 operations—a mere 5.16 per cent of the goal—were performed using non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) during the two-day camp organised by the Health Department on Friday and Saturday across seven centers at various rural and urban centers in Indore district.
A total of 128 operations were performed on Friday and the remaining ones on Saturday, said District Media Officer for the Health Department Dr Aneesha Isaac.
“Like yesterday, no cases were taken up at Hukumchand Polyclinic on Saturday as well, and all those were sent to Malharganj Polyclinic,” Dr Aneesha told Hindustan Times.
Only 128 operations in all were performed on Friday, she added. When asked as to what could be the possible reason for such a poor turnout, in charge Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr R C Mudgal said, “Enough publicity was done for the camp. But it has been observed that male participation is very poor in family planning programmes in this area.”
Saying that the number was slightly less than that of the year (“only 10-11 less than last year”), Dr Mudgal said, “We had hoped and worked for a higher number this year, but unfortunately we could not meet the target.”
The Health Department had invited Dr R P Sharma and his team from Gwalior's NSV Resource Centre. Apart from them, Dr Lalit Mohan Pant and Dr D G Mahadik from Indore too were present at the two-day camp.
NSV is a hassle-free technique with minimum or no complications as no cutting or opening of skin is involved in the operation. The procedure takes just 5-7 minutes and is painless. Barring a few precautions to be taken for 2-3 days, there are neither any side effects nor any change in the person's physical and sexual abilities and he continues to lead a normal life.
Those who underwent sterilisation were paid a compensation amount of Rs 500 and dress material for a shirt and trousers as an incentive by Population Health Services, an NGO.
The camps were held at Govind Vallabh Pant Government District Hospital, Dhar Road; Malharganj Poly-Clinic and Mangilal Churiya Hospital, Ambedkar Nagar (all in Indore) and Community Health Centre, Depalpur; Community Health Centre, Sanwer and Civil Hospital, Mhow.