Bilaspur, Nov 13: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh ordered a judicial probe into the botched sterilization surgeries in Bilaspur district, which have resulted in the death of 13 women till now.
After visiting the Apollo Hospital where 42 women are currently being treated, the Chief Minister said: “We have decided to hold a judicial inquiry; none of the culprits will be spared. All the patients are being monitored constantly. Our priority is to provide best medical assistance.”
Dismissing the calls for his resignation, Raman Singh sad it wasn’t the solution to the problem.
Earlier in the day, Doctor R.K. Gupta, who conducted the sterilization surgeries on 85 women in Bilaspur, was reportedly taken into custody.
Gupta had been suspended on Tuesday on the orders of the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister after the incident came to light. He has blamed the state administration for the botch up, a television channel has reported.
Placing the onus squarely on the state administration, he said that he was pressurized into meeting the surgery-related targets.
More than 50 women, who were left in a critical state after undergoing sterilization operations, are undergoing treatment at four different hospitals in Bilaspur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also spoken to Raman Singh and expressed his concern over the incident, and asked him to ensure a thorough investigation.
Out of the 85 women, who were operated upon at the government-run Nemi Chand hospital in the Pendari area of Bilaspur as part of a family planning camp, almost 55 suffered due to the sterilization surgery.
FDA seals drug unit in Raipur
The durg controlling authority in Chhattisgarh on Thursday raided and sealed a unit of an antibiotic manufacturing company in Raipur. The company’s product was used in sterilisation camps in Bilaspur district where 13 women died and several others fell ill.
Food and Drug Administration Controller Ravi Prakash Gupta told a news agency: “A raid was conducted at the drug manufacturing unit of Mahawar Pharma Pvt Ltd this morning and after collecting samples of medicines from there it was sealed.”
(With Agency Inputs)