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Sterilisation Process: ‘Not Target Driven but Demand Driven,’ Says Nadda

Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said on Friday that the four AIIMS doctors, who were sent to a mass sterilisation camp in Chhattisgarh after 13 women died, have guided the doctors and helped set proper norms.

Meanwhile, Nadda said, "The thing to be noted is that the sterilisation process was not target driven but demand driven."

The four doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were sent Tuesday evening on the recommendation of the ministry after 13 women died and over 70 women were hospitalised following botched tubectomy procedures at the camp.

He said, “ the AIIMS doctors who visited the Bilaspur district in Chhattisgarh, have guided the doctors and help them set up proper norms and the doctors have been asked to adhere too it."

Speaking on the sidelines of a blood donation camp organised by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in collaboration with AIIMS, Nadda added that the judicial inquiry set up by the Chhattisgarh government has been assured of all help from the central government.

A mass sterilisation camp organised in the state has paved way for a tragedy and witnessed the deaths of 13 women who has been operated on Saturday by DR KR Gupta.

NHRC chairperson K.G. Balakrishnan has told IANS on the sidelines of an event on prison reforms in New Delhi, "We are sending a team to Chhattisgarh. They will look into the matter of the death of the women during the sterilisation process and make a report.”

The NHRC has issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh government and demanded an explanation on the deaths at a camp in the state’s Bilaspur district.

Dr Gupta is a 59-year-old surgeon, who was honoured by the Chhattisgarh government this year in January for accomplishing a massive target on mass sterilisation in the state-run campaign. He has been arrested after he was detained in Baloda Bazar district, on Wednesday.

However, Gupta has claimed that he is innocent and said, "I am innocent. The health of the women deteriorated owing to the sub-standard drugs prescribed to them following the sterilisation surgery.” He has also blamed the government for failing to control the number of people turning up at the sterilisation camp.

Meanwhile, while there was allegation that the equipments used in the surgeries were rusted, Gupta denied that his equipment was rusty or dirty.

(With inputs from IANS)

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