Indian Botched Sterilisations Kill Nine Women in Chhattisgarh

BBC News, November 11, 2014

Eleven Indian women have died after undergoing botched sterilisation surgery at a government-run health camp in the central state of Chhattisgarh.

More than 50 others are in hospital–at least 20 are in a critical condition following the tubectomy operations.

Officials deny negligence. Four health officials have been suspended.

State-run sterilisation camps are held to curb India’s 1.3bn population. Most of those operated on are women–many poor and often paid to be sterilised.

The tubectomies were carried out on Saturday in Pendari village in Bilaspur district.

Villagers say 83 women–all between the ages of 26 and 40–were operated on in just six hours by one doctor and his assistant.

Reports say the women started complaining of pain and fever, soon after being operated on. A relative described the conditions at the clinic as appalling.

“They just operated on them and left them. It’s a desolate place, there are no facilities there,” DR Shinde told the Associated Press.

Preliminary examinations showed the deaths had been caused by infection or shock as a result of blood loss, state deputy health director Amar Singh told the Press Trust of India news agency.

But Bilaspur district health officer Dr RK Bhange told BBC Hindi: “The cause of the death would be known only after the post-mortem report is available.”

Correspondents say all the women came from very poor families. Those who survived are receiving treatment in three different hospitals in the district.

“Their condition is very serious. Blood pressure is low, so keeping the circumstances in mind, we are now concentrating on treating them, not on what caused this,” Dr Ramesh Murty told reporters.

The state government has ordered an inquiry.

Among those suspended is a doctor who won a government award last year for having conducted 50,000 sterilisations, says BBC Hindi’s Alok Putul.

“We’ve constituted a committee to inquire into the incident. We will take strict action against those found guilty. At the moment though, we are concentrating on giving proper medical care to the women,” Chhattisgarh Health Minister Amar Agrawal said.

Botched sterilisation operations are nothing new in India.

In January 2012, three men were arrested in Bihar state for operating on 53 women in two hours. The men had carried out operations in a field and without the use of anaesthesia.

Many people are worried about the size of India’s booming population–it is expected to overtake that of China by 2030.

Authorities in India have been promoting family planning for several decades, trying to convince people to have smaller families.

Sterilisation camps are frequently held to carry out mass tubectomy operations for women–or vasectomies for men–and authorities in several states have also offered incentives for couples volunteering for sterilisation.

In some states, health workers also receive money for each person they bring to a clinic to be sterilised.

Reports say a sum of about $20 was given to each of the women at the Bilaspur district camp.

The decision to be sterilised is voluntary, although correspondents say in some cases women are put under pressure by officials. Figures show the vast majority opting for sterilisations are women, many of them poor and living in rural areas.

India abandoned a nationwide campaign in the 1970s after complaints that thousands of men and women had been forced into having the operations.

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  • james AZ

    NEXT Obamacare will help 75 years old to walk to death panel programs

    • Not really a joke; the British National Health Care system apparently does not provide either kidney dialysis or cancer chemotherapy to anyone over 55.

      • james AZ

        Thank you for information about british health and 55 years old…. there really healthmare…….THANKS,

        • There was some humor in that when I discovered it. My ex-father used the money I had made him to bribe the Cambridge University officials into hiring him, while sending me to prison after I threatened him over the money. While there in England, he discovered he had carcinoid syndrome, a rather nasty form of intestinal cancer for almost anyone else, but totally hilarious in his case. At the time of his diagnosis, he was 60 years old, and completely freaking out. Apparently now even his tumors have suspicious growths, and they have unzipped him several times in order to scrape the barnacles off his liver. No chemotherapy, but Pakistanis cutting him open.

          I believe the old saying goes: “Sweets to the sweet!”

      • Max

        That is undoubtedly because the money must be conserved to pay for maternity costs and reconstructive breast surgery for Cameroonians.

  • State-run sterilisation camps are held to curb India’s 1.3bn population. Most of those operated on are women–many poor and often paid to be sterilised.

    That gives me an idea. (As I turn my head in the general direction of Ferguson.)

    • David

      I’m far more bothered by white people’s incredible levels of infertility (and sexlessness) than I am with the healthy and natural fertility of blacks and Mexicans.

      White people need to stop obsessing Jamal and Juan and start focusing on John and Joe.

      White activism is absolutely pointless when there are no actual white people.

      • Max

        There is more at play here. Whites are RESPONSIBLE enough, as a race, not to have swarms of feral children which they cannot supervise, teach, feed and otherwise nurture. This restricts how many children we have and when we have them.

        In my circle, people want to RAISE their children.
        Further, there is the decades-long propaganda by the left, led by the you-know-whos, which keeps targeting white people, who actually can be made to feel guilty or responsible that we are “overpopulating” the earth. Meanwhile, every non-white is humping anything that moves with no concerns whatever for the future costs, particularly since costs are largely borne by the same whites who delay having children out of a sense of financial responsibility and the fact that many are busy WORKING to pay for the fecund indolent.

        The problem is NOT the vast majority of whites.

        • David

          No, whites aren’t having ANY children. Whites aren’t even having SEX.

          This is not “responsible” as you declare, this is Darwinian suicide (and, frankly, emasculating and embarrassing).

          I’m sick of whitey’s endless list of excuses for sexlessness and childlessness. Shut up, fix your sexual organs, and get busy making babies. If blacks and Mexicans can have kids, than we can, too.

          • Max

            I’ve raised three and have a couple of blonde blue-eyed grandkids thus far so you are preaching in the wrong church, bro.

          • none of your business

            Unless you have had and raised at least 4 White children you have not right to tell the rest of us what to do. One never knows when affirmative action will destroy a career.

  • This makes me feel all kinds of “good” about the flood of Indian “doctors” entering the United States to practice here.

    • Anglokraut

      I’m sure Calcutta Polytechnic’s School of Medicine and Telephone Sales turns out plenty of competent, well-trained doctors.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Indian doctors in the US are unique: after operating on you they make you a Slurpee and Big Gulp while you recover.

  • Max

    They may have died but the sterilizations were still successful.

  • dd121

    Third world medicine, third world world results.

  • HJ11

    So? They are not my kind and I don’t care what happens to them. I am indifferent to non-Whites and I don’t interfere in their fates or their bad luck.

    • TruthBeTold

      At the least it’s bad PR for sterilization programs that we might advocate in Western countries.

      If the leftists can point to failed programs, it unlikely we will see them implemented here.

  • Wouldn’t giving them Norplant or Jadelle have been cheaper for the Indian government than an invasive surgery like tubal ligation?

    • Ron Cheaters

      Probably pre-med students.. or in other words, future doctors of Obamacare.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Norplant and Jadelle only work for five years before they have to be replaced. Tubal ligation works forever. The Indian government probably figured it was worth the additional cost to use a method that wouldn’t require the women to come in again in five years (which many of them would forget to do).

    • none of your business

      Norplant sometimes does not work. I believe it has to be replaced every few years.

  • The Dude

    If there is one thing I would like to run smoothly in the Third World, it’s state-run sterilization. Don’t botch that, Indians. Don’t botch that.

    • TruthBeTold

      Yes, this is bad news for 3rd world sterilization programs. The leftists will seize on this to call for an end to such common sense measures.

  • TruthBeTold

    ‘With child and one tagging along’.

    We see the same thing with Mexicans and other Hispanics. These people are breeding factories. And we too have to pay for their broods.

  • tobytylersf

    See? If we only had government healthcare like they do in India, we could have those kinds of outcomes, too.

    Darn conservatives…

  • Raymond Kidwell

    Maybe I should move to India. This is what I call good social policy. Just need to fix the kinks in the system and hire more competent doctors. If they did this in America we might actually see a decline in ghettos

  • none of your business

    He’ll probably get his next job in a Kaiser hospital in California.