Ster­il­iza­tion Fail­ure

Only sur­geon’s neg­li­gence can be chal­lenged

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In early Novem­ber last year, 83 women un­der­went surg­eries as part of a free gov­ern­ment-run mass ster­il­iza­tion cam­paign. They were sent home the same evening. As it turned out, dozens be­came ill and were rushed in am­bu­lances to pri­vate hos­pi­tals. Around 60 women were ad­mit­ted to dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals af­ter they com­plained of com­pli­ca­tions. Twelve died. While the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still on, a few re­ports sug­gest that it pos­si­bly hap­pened be­cause of dirty sur­gi­cal equip­ment or con­tam­i­nated medicines – that is, it was doc­tor’s neg­li­gence. This is an ex­treme case and al­most ev­ery­one found neg­li­gent is be­ing tried; the gov­ern­ment ma­chin­ery is work­ing in full force to avoid any such mishap in fu­ture. Sounds good, or will it turn out to be only a tem­po­rary de­ter­rent?

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