Doctors across the country were issued guidelines after 13 people had died in 2014 after botched sterilization…
INDORE: A doctor from Indore
conducted 196 sterilization operations in one day on December 12 to achieve his target in Punasa block of Khandwa district
in violation of ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) guidelines.
A woman reportedly died owing to complications in the wake of alleged botched sterilization at a government hospital at Manasa in Neemuch district a week ago.
Doctors across the country were issued guidelines after 13 people had died in 2014 after botched sterilizations at a camp in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh.
Dr D C Mahadik, a government doctor who performed surgeries in Punasa told TOI, “You cannot question the capability of doctors working 24/7 for patients. Given a chance, I am ready to conduct 1,000 surgeries.”
Dr Sharad Pandit, joint director, health, Indore division, confirmed only 30 operations are allowed in a day. “If he has conducted so many surgeries in one day, it is a violation of guidelines. We are looking into the matter,” he said.
“As per MoHFW guidelines and quality assurance committee recommendations, doctors are allowed to conduct only 30 operations in a day to maintain quality and avoid any death or complications,” said Dr Pandit. The state is now taking a target-free approach, he said.
Confirming the number of surgeries, Dr Shailendra Kataria, block medical officer (BMO) said, “196 patients were operated in Punasa block at three places by the same doctor. The surgeries took place at Mundi, Punasa and Sulgawn, which come under Punasa block.”
When asked about the surgeries, Khandwa civil surgeon Dr J S Awase claimed that he was unaware of the time gap between operations.
“The surgeries were conducted at three places. I will have to ask how much interval there was between two operations,” said Dr Awase