The death toll in Chhattisgarh sterilization tragedy rose to 13 with another woman succumbing to the sickness caused by the botched surgery.
More than 50 women are undergoing treatment in four different hospitals of Bilaspur where the condition of seven of them is reported to be serious. The sterilization camp was organized in Pendari village of Takhatpur block in Bilaspur district last Saturday as part of family planning programme.
AIR Correspondent reports that a team of medical experts from All India Institute of Medical Sciences-AIIMS in Delhi today reached Bilaspur. The head of the team, Dr. Ranjan Tirkha said that he was satisfied with the line of treatment. He said their first priority is to control the death toll.
Meanwhile, another instance of botched sterilization has came to light in the state after fifteen women operated in Government health camp on Monday in Pendra Gorella area of Bilaspur district, were hospitalized in different hospitals. One woman died in the hospital while condition of seven others is reported to be critical. Two women from Baiga tribes which has been exempted by the government from sterilization due to their dwindling population, have also been sterilized at the health camp.
The Chhattisgarh High Court has taken a suo moto cognizance of the sterilization camp tragedy and issued notice to the state government. The double bench comprising Justice T.P. Sharma and Justice Inder Singh Uboveja asked the state government to file reply in 10 days. The Court also appointed two lawyers as amicus curiae to assist the Court in the case.
Opposition Congress observed a state wide bandh today, protesting against the incident. The bandh evoked mixed response, with schools and establishments remaining closed in different parts of the state.
Minor clashes between Congress workers and police have been reported at some places. Police arrested some Congress workers in Raipur and other parts of the state while they were protesting. Congress is demanding resignation of Chief Minister and state Health Minister over the sterilization camp tragedy in Bilaspur.