8 Indian women die, 20 ill after sterilizations
NEW DELHI (AP):
Eight Indian women have died and 20 others were in critical condition yesterday after undergoing sterilisation surgeries in a free government-run programme to help slow the country's population growth.
A total of 83 women, all poor villagers under the age of 32, had the operations Saturday in a hospital outside Bilaspur city in the central state of Chhattisgarh, officials said.
The women were sent home Saturday evening after their surgeries, but more than two dozen were later rushed in ambulances to private hospitals after becoming ill.
Yesterday, eight of the women had died, apparently from either blood poisoning or hemorrhagic shock, which occurs when a person has lost too much blood, state deputy health director Amar Singh told the Press Trust of India news agency.
Twenty other women were in critical care, according to the district magistrate, Siddharth Komal Pardeshi.
"Their condition is very serious. Blood pressure is low," said Dr Ramesh Murty at CIMS
hospital, one of the facilities where the sick women were taken. "We are now concentrating on treating them, not on what caused this."
The state suspended four government doctors, including the surgeon who performed the operations and the district's chief medical officer. It also will give compensation payments of about $6,600 to each of the victims' families.