Mumbai: Sex change OPD inaugurated at St George hospital

The hospital decided to open this Out Patient Department (OPD) as they had received several calls and similar cases, after Lalita Salve transitioned into Lalit Salve. The hospital has seen a positive response toward sex reassignment surgery

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This is Maharashtra’s first-of-its-kind of an OPD in a public hospital.

After Maharashtra police constable Lalita Salve’s sex reassignment surgery, a large number of people have contacted St George Hospital to know about the procedure.

The sex change OPD was inaugurated by Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan, and Industries minister Subhash Desai.

Dr Tatyarao Lahane, Joint Director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research, said, “In the past 3 years, the state government has given us financial aid to the tune off 85 crores for various projects. Due to the help provided by the government, the medical colleges have been upgraded with the state of art technology.”

Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, Medical Superintendent of St George Hospital, said, “A sex change Out Patient Department (OPD) has been inaugurated today in our hospital. After police constable Lalita Salve, we have operated a five-year-old girl from Beed, Maharashtra as well. Till now we have received thirteen calls from various places inquiring about the sex change/reassignment surgery.”

During the inauguration, Subhash Desai, Maharashtra Industries Minister, said, “The government has given directives, that healthcare should be given the utmost priority. The health of the citizens is very important.”