Bihar: Probe ordered into tubectomy sans anaesthesia in Khagaria | Patna News

PATNA: An inquiry has been ordered into the allegations of doctors allegedly performing tubectomy on at least 24 rural women without administering them anaesthesia as the victims remained conscious and cried out of severe pain during the surgeries. The surgeries were organized by NGOs at two government health centres in Khagaria district over the weekend. A total of 53 women underwent tubectomy at the two health centres.
“I have asked the civil surgeon to inquire into the matter and submit the report soon,” Khagaria DM Alok Ranjan Ghosh told TOI on Wednesday.
Civil surgeon Dr Amarnath Jha said he has sought clarifications from the in-charge of the two health centres concerned and action would be initiated against the accused NGOs on their report.
The victims narrated their tales of horror and many of them alleged they were taken to the operation theatres without administering the anaesthesia and surgeries were performed while they were very much awake and could feel the severity of pain due to cutting of their body parts with surgical blades and scissors.
“When I was taken inside the OT, I saw two women crying out of pain. When I asked the doctor if I will be operated upon without getting anaesthesia administered, he said it’s a minor surgery. Then, I was made to lie down on the operation table as the doctor got into the surgery job. Very soon I could feel the severity of pain due to cutting of body parts. As I cried out of pain, four persons held my hands and feet tightly as the doctor completed the job. I was administered anaesthesia only after the surgery was conducted,” said Kumari Pratima, one of the victims at Alauli health centre.
“I was conscious when the doctor operated on me,” said another victim, adding “Chira laga to jor se dard hua (I felt severe pain when the doctor cut my body part with a blade)”. Yet another victim said, “Sab chij ham jante the…hosh me hi kar diya operation.”
Alauli health centre in-charge Dr Manish Kumar admitted the allegations and said he had blacklisted the NGO, namely Global Development Initiative, after the incident.
Parbatta health centre in-charge Dr Rajiv Ranjan said anaesthesia didn‘t work on some women as every person has different body capacity. “Same dose of anaesthesia was administered to every woman, but it didn’t prove effective to all,” he explained.
According to reports, the health department provides Rs2,100 to the NGO for every single tubectomy surgery and it’s for the money that the NGOs have been trying to get as many surgeries performed as possible.
Almost similar incident had taken place in Araria district in 2012 when tubectomy was performed on as many as 53 poor rural women in just two hours.
There, too, an NGO was involved in the incident. Local media reported many of the victims writhed in severe pain as the doctors continued performing the surgeries without giving them anaesthesia, hardly taking any notice of their cries. Later, three persons had been arrested and sent to jail.
In another such incident in Muzaffarpur district last year, as many as 26 villagers lost eyesight as a result of botched cataract operations at a free health camp organized by a private hospital. The situation was such that more than a dozen villagers who underwent surgery had their eyes gouged out to check the spread of infection.

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