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Culprit doc has 1 lakh surgeries to his name

Culprit doc has 1 lakh  surgeries to his name
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The doctor involved in the sterilization camp in Chhattisgarh that led to 13 deaths, was awarded earlier this year for a record 100,000 such surgeries in his career.

  • HC takes suo motu cognisance; seeks report
  • Cong shut-down in Chhattisgarh affects life

Bilaspur: The doctor involved in the sterilization camp in Chhattisgarh that led to 13 deaths, was awarded earlier this year for a record 100,000 such surgeries in his career.
Relatives mourn death of women who died after they underwent sterilisation surgeries, at Dhruv Ameri village in Bilaspur on Tuesday
Dr RK Gupta, 59, received the award from Health Minister Amar Agarwal on Republic Day, this year. With a year to go before he retires, the doctor faces an FIR or police complaint for fatal negligence at the free government-run camp organized at the Nemi Chand hospital in Bilaspur, the home district of the health minister.

On Saturday, Dr Gupta performed 83 surgeries in five hours, more than double the limit for one day. He allegedly raced through the operations with just one assistant.

The hospital has hardly any infrastructure to handle such volumes, say sources. The women were allegedly made to lie on the floor for the operation and there weren't enough equipment. Sources say the doctor was paid the standard Rs. 100 per surgery.

The women fell ill on Monday and eight died the same evening. Five more died on Tuesday. Scores of women are being treated in various hospitals, and are now being examined by a team from Delhi's AIIMS hospital. NHRC has asked Chhattisgarh govt to file a report within two weeks.

The Chhattisgarh High Court sought a detailed report within ten days from the state government on the botched sterilisation surgeries.

Normal life was affected in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday because of the shut-down called by the Congress.

Schools were shut and traffic was disrupted in the capital as well. Elsewhere, workers of the Chhattisgarh unit of the Congress disrupted the traffic, affecting day-to-day life.

The impact of the shut-down was seen in Bilaspur district also where the women underwent tubectomy surgery at a district hospital Saturday. Most of the education institutes were shut down in the district.

The party's state unit shief Bhupesh Baghel said the death of the dozen women was a serious matter and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state is answerable to the people.

Meanwhile, in yet another case of botched sterilisation surgery in Bilaspur district, a woman died and several others were hospitalised after undergoing tubectomies at government-organised sterilisation camps in the Pendra block, a senior district official said.

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