Mumbai: RTI reveals 33 women who underwent birth-control surgery have died, since 2007

Shocking details were revealed through an RTI query, which was filed by RTI activist Chetan Kothari. On the contrary, the civic body defended itself by claiming that none of the women died due to the surgery-related complications

Mumbai: RTI reveals 33 women who underwent birth-control surgery have died, since 2007

Tubectomy is a surgical procedure for sterilization, where a woman’s fallopian tubes are clamped and sealed. This birth-control procedure is considered as a routine and simple procedure. But, in the past 10 years, as many as 33 women, who underwent this procedure, have lost their lives in Mumbai.

However, on the contrary, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claims that the women died after the surgery and none of the women died due to the surgery-related complications.

Year                               Death(s)

2007                                 0

2008                                2

2009                                4

2010                                 1

2011                                 2

2012-13                           2

2013-14                          8   (Two women not from Mumbai)

2014-15                           0

2015-16                          10 (Three women not from Mumbai)

2016-17                           4

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.”

Kothari further said, “Compared to women, who undergo the birth-control surgery, the number of men who use birth-control measures is very less. The BMC needs to spread more awareness about this. The civic administration should look at these cases seriously and act upon it.”

Year                       Male sterilization                   Female sterilization

2013-14                        729                                                      22,502

2014-15                        424                                                      20,724

2015-16                        810                                                       19,254

2016-17                        729                                                        20,724

2017-18                        869                                                       20,050

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Mangala Gomare, Deputy Executive Health officer of Family planning and Welfare department, said, “It’s wrong to say that 33 women have died due to the tubectomy surgery. They have died after the surgery, and none of the women died due to the complication post-surgery. So it is wrong to blame the procedure.”