‘VIMSAR women deaths not due to drugs’

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Bhubaneswar: The State’s Health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak today said the deaths of three women after caesarean section at VSS Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla were not due to side-effects of medicines. This is the first statement from the minister after the Directorate of Medical Education and Training submitted its investigation report on the issue to the State government.

The minister added that explanations have been sought from the hospital authorities for not undertaking post-mortems of the three deceased. The VIMSAR authorities were also asked by Nayak to probe further into the deaths.

Earlier in the day, Health secretary Arti Ahuja told mediapersons the high-level committee headed by B.C. Das, Director of DMET, has submitted its probe report.

The committee had visited the VIMSAR and questioned the doctors and other staff early of this week.

The three women had died after five hours of their operation at the hospital on April 10 leading to allegations that the deaths were caused due to negligence on the part of the attending doctors.

After a hue and cry over the deaths, the Health minister had announced an inquiry by an expert committee last Saturday.

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