In another case of medical negligence, violating standard practice for tubectomy Around 24 village women who had opted for tubectomy at two state-run public health centers in Bihar’s Khagaria over the weekend were allegedly made to undergo the surgical procedure to prevent pregnancy without anesthesia, leaving them awake and writhing in pain on the operating table.
“As I screamed in pain, four people held my hands and feet tightly as the doctor completed the job. I was administered something that left me numb only after the surgery,” said Kumari Pratima, one of those who underwent the procedure at the Alauli health center.
The 24 women were part of a group of 53 who underwent the procedure, involving surgical clipping of the fallopian tubes, as part of a government-sponsored campaign run by NGOs. “I have asked the civil surgeon to inquire into the matter and submit a report soon,” DM Alok Ranjan Ghosh .
Parbatta health center in-charge Dr Rajiv Ranjan claimed anesthesia was used, but possibly didn’t work on some of the women. “The required dose of anesthesia was administered to each woman, but it didn’t prove effective as every person has a different body mechanism,” he said. The state health department reportedly paid Rs 2,100 to the NGOs for every tubectomy.