In an alleged gross violation of the government guideline, female sterilisation operations were performed on as many as 78 women at Chandbali Community Health Centre (CHC) in Bhadrak district.
As per the allegation, on a given date, a government-run hospital can do 30 female sterilisation operations. But the Chandbali CHC did 78 such operations on November 21.
“I am working as an ASHA. I have brought two patients and their serial numbers are 65 and 66,” said Archana Jena.
From this, it can well be understood that the number of patients went past double the prescribed number of 30 cases per day.
Because of such an excess number of operations, the patients were allegedly deprived of basic facilities at the CHC.
“There is no bed facility for the patients. After the operation, the patients are asked to lie on the mattress spread on the ground,” alleged Ramchandra Behera, a relative of a patient.
When asked, medical officer of Chandbali CHC, Dr Ashok Mishra denied the allegations and said, “We are following the guidelines. Our number of cases does not go beyond the prescribed limit. Our doctors are doing the operations very carefully. It is also very difficult to bring patients after motivating them.”
(Reported by Trilochan Sahu)