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Sterilization Camp Issue: NHRC seeks Report

The National Human Rights Commission has sought a report from Health department of Odisha over mismanagement of sterilization camp in Dhenkanal. Acting on a complaint of rights activist  Akhand, the commission has directed the principal secretary of health and family welfare Department to file a report in the matter within six weeks.

NHRCHere it is noted that, over 151 semi-conscious women were dumped outside after a mass sterilisation camp at Sriramchandrapur Community Health Centre(CHC) at Gandia in Dhenkanal District (Odisha), as there was no room in the hospital.

Sriramchandrapur Health Centre, where the family-planning procedure was carried out on December 12, was not equipped to accommodate such a large number of patients. So the semi-conscious women were dumped outside the hospital. Some women were taking rest in the floor of hospital veranda. Some women were sent home in rickshaws before the mandatory observation period. It is a violation of Human rights of women patients  and NHRC took cognizance of it, informed Akhand in his petition.

There was only one operating doctor in the sterilization camp. According to provision not more than 50 women should not be sterilized by a doctor in such a camp. But more than 150 women called for this operation and there was only one doctor. Some had to wait more than 7 to 8 hours to his turns.

Health Department is not taking any actions against such wrong practice by the doctors and CDMOs, alleged the petitioner. He prayed for stringent action against erring officials  and compensation to each patients suffering the problems in the camp.

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