This Article is From Feb 08, 2013

103 women sterilised in a day at West Bengal hospital; probe ordered

Malda, West Bengal: A government hospital in West Bengal's Malda district is facing an inquiry for conducting mass sterilisation of women in shockingly appalling conditions. Two doctors at the hospital allegedly sterilised 103 women on Wednesday, even operating on some patients in the open fields.

The Manikchak block hospital, where the sterilisation camp was organised, has 60 beds - 30 each for men and women. The rulebook allows no more than 25 sterilisations in a day.

The doctors not only flouted that rule, their medical negligence went further. After the sterilisation, many women were left to recuperate in the hospital's open compound while still under anaesthesia.

Medical experts are shocked how only two doctors carried out over a hundred operations.

Residents of Manikchak block say such frenzied sterilisation camps are routine, but at other times the hospital at least puts up tents for the patients.

The Malda district magistrate said the block medical officer had been issued a notice and a probe had been ordered.