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Surgeon axed for botched sterilisations.

Dr. Gupta carried out 83 laparoscopic tubectomies which claimed 14 lives in Chhattisgarh

SURGEON Dr. R. K Gupta ( 59), who had reportedly carried out 83 laparoscopic tubectomies in six hours at Sakri camp in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur district, on Thursday accused the state administration of not verifying the medicines which " led to the death of 14 women". The Chhattisgarh government on Thursday dismissed Dr. Gupta and Bilaspur Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr. R. K. Bhange.

have been implicated in the case owing pressure from the top. The state administration should face the flak for not verifying medicines. Had it procured the good quality drugs by floating tenders, the deaths would not have happened," Gupta alleged.

was felicitated by the state government the Republic Day this year for conducting a record number of tubectomies during state- run sterilisation campaign.

' Not fixed target' Gupta asserted that he never fixed target of the beneficiaries to be treated in health camp. " I simply comply with what the district health officials and the authorities had instructed me to do," he said. Gupta and three other doctors had been initially suspended for their alleged medical negligence which has so far claimed the lives of 13 women in Bilaspur.

was on the run after the state government slapped IPC section 304 A -- causing death owing to negligence -- on the surgeon. The police finally took him into custody from the Baloda Bazar district, around 80km from Bilaspur, on Thursday.

The " reckless" surgeries in the state- run camps have forced the Raman Singh government to set up a judicial commission probe into the incident.

many 14 women lost lives and over two ' ' tubectomies claimed in

various hospitals in Bilaspur, around 130km from the state capital.

During his visit to Bilaspur on Thursday, Chief Minister Raman Singh said his government's priority was to get the best available treatment for the ailing women patients. After a large number of patients put on ventilators, a pressing need to buy saving appliances for artificial respiration was felt among health department officials.

The drugs prescribed to the women after the mass sterilisation are alleged to have caused deaths. The state government banned the sale of six drugs that had been prescribed to the women and an advisory has been issued asking people not to use them. The state has sent the samples of these drugs to the Kolkata Central Laboratory for testing and detailed analysis.

Meanwhile, the Department of Food and Drug Administration raided a local drug firm -- Mahawar Pharma in Raipur. It was functioning in a house where one of the six banned drugs, Ciprocine 500, was being manufactured and supplied to the government- run health camps.

The burnt remnants of the medicines were found on the premises of " illegal" pharma firm and Bilaspur's Pendra and Sakri areas where the botched- up sterilisations took place.

Archana, a Class 12 student, told M AIL T ODAY that she lost her mother, Nem Bai, a day after she consumed the medicines prescribed to her after the surgery.

Bai was the sole bread winner of the family of five. " We took her to a hospital but could not save her. She died of kidney failure," Archana said.

Several women patients reportedly suffered renal failure, respiratory breakdown, liver infection and severe nausea after they had the prescribed " sub- standard" medicines.

A underwent A judicial inquiry will be conducted into the incidents and those found guilty will not be spared. Whether it is the medicine manufacturer, distributor or doctors, strict action will be taken.

' ' ' ' -- CHHATTISGARH CHIEF MINISTER RAMAN SINGH

The govt banned the sale of six drugs that were prescribed to the women and issued advisory asking people not to use the drugs

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