Cycle pumps at tubectomy camp: Centre seeks report from Odisha govt

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New Delhi: The Centre has sought a report from Odisha government over the matter of the use of cycle pumps to inflate the abdomen of women during sterilisation surgeries which has come to light in the state.

“We have sought a report from Odisha government to ascertain the veracity of the reports that cycle pumps are routinely used to dilate the cervix of women during sterilisation surgeries at camps,” a senior Health Ministry official said today.

Weeks after botched sterilisation surgeries in Chhattisgarh left 13 women dead, the report of medical officials using cycle pumps to dilate the cervix of women at a tubectomy camp in Angul district of Odisha has triggered widespread outrage.

Medical authorities in Angul and the surgeon on duty at the government-run Banarpal community health centre have defended the procedure as “routine” in such operations at most government health facilities in Odisha.

The state government has already taken a serious note of the matter and ordered a probe into the same.

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