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Pharma companies under scanner for Chhattisgarh sterilisation deaths

The pharmaceutical companies that supplied medicines and surgical instruments used in the sterilisation camp in Bilaspur had come under the scanner of investigators.

Following the post surgical complications, 11 women had died while 61 others had been admitted in various hospitals. The affected women had undergone sterilisation surgery in the government-organised camp held in Nemichand Jain Cancer and Research Centre at Pendari village, about 130 km from here, on Saturday.

The women reported complications on Monday and were rushed to hospitals in Bilaspur. While 11 women died, 10 were battling for life. After the incident that shocked the Nation, medical experts are busy analysis what went wrong that had affected almost all the patients who had undergone surgery in the camp.

One of the experts observed that prima-facie it did not appear that something went wrong in the operation table. It was only after their discharge and a day after, patients reported complication. Since almost all the patients were affected, there seemed to be a common cause for the complication and that could be the medicines that were administered after surgery, he added.

“The medicines supplied for the camp had been one of the most important points of investigation,” state’s health minister Amar Agrawal said. The probe officials would consider all aspects of investigation including the alleged sub-standard medicines supplied, the minister added.

The Bilaspur police had also seized the list of medicines that were supplied for the sterilisation camp. A senior police official said medicines supplied would be the focus of investigation and the companies that manufactured the drug would be quizzed.

The police had lodged First Information Report (FIR) against Dr R K Gupta under whose supervision surgeries were conducted in the camp.

Meanwhile, fresh incident of complication after sterilisation surgery had come from another part of the district that had baffled the administration. Reports reaching from Bilaspur said that seven women who underwent sterilisation operation in Pendra were admitted following post surgery complications. One of the patients died Wednesday.

The seven-member team from AIIMS New Delhi reached Bilaspur today morning. Agrawal said the doctors from AIIMS would help in finding out the cause that led to the incident besides supervising the treatment given to the admitted patients for their early recovery.

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