- In the past 5 years, 24 women have died due to surgeries performed for sterilisation.
- Since 2010, a district Quality Assurance Committee has been set up to investigate the deaths occurring due to the family planning operation.
- Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis had informed Maharashtra assembly in a written reply.
While answering the question raised by the legislatures on the issue of deaths due to the family planning operation Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis answered, “It is a fact that 24 women in Mumbai, have died in the past 5 years, due to undergoing the family planning operation. The state government has taken various measures to curb the deaths which are happening due to the family planning operation.”
Steps taken by the Maharashtra Government
- Setting up a District Quality Assurance Committee to investigate the cause of death due to family planning operation.
- Guidelines have been issued to all the government and semi-government hospitals regarding the family planning operation.
- Inspection of the family planning centre/hospital whether they have a proper license or not.
- To keep a watch whether the sterilisation process is followed or not.
- Compensation to the victim’s family.
Dr Sushma Deshmukh, a gynaecologist from Nagpur said, “Family planning is a nation-wide programme. Many surgeries are carried out through this programme. The surgeries carried out under family planning have certain guidelines which have to be followed. Following these guidelines reduces the chances of medical errors. But, in few cases, some women have a medical history of an anaemic pregnancy; due to this complications can occur during the birth-control surgery, which can lead to death.”
My Medical Mantra had earlier reported that an RTI data revealed in the past 10 years, 33 women had died due to complications from birth control surgery.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, an RTI activist, Chetan Kothari, who had obtained these details through an RTI, said, “The condition of civic-run hospitals in Mumbai is not so good. There is no state-of-the-art machinery and trained doctors in these hospitals. Owing to which, people who undergo treatment in these hospitals do not get good facilities. As many as 33 women, who underwent birth-control surgery, have died in the past 10 years. And this is indeed shocking.”