Death trap

Down to Earth - - ON THE WEB - K R SRINI­VASAN

This is with ref­er­ence to cover story "Lethal Tar­get" (Jan­uary 1-15). The death of 15 women at ster­il­i­sa­tion camps in Chhattisgarh ex­poses the pa­thetic state of free med­i­cal camps in In­dia. Sur­pris­ingly, in­stead of tak­ing the moral re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fi­asco, the state health min­is­ter put the blame on the doc­tor and suspended him. Eighty-three surg­eries in five hours that too by one doc­tor tells the sorry state of such free camps, where meet­ing the tar­gets is given pri­or­ity over ren­der­ing qual­ity med­i­cal as­sis­tance. The United Na­tions has rightly summed up the loss of lives of young women as a great hu­man tragedy. Most of the free med­i­cal camps held so far for the poor have proved to be dis­as­ters, with many los­ing vi­sion af­ter cataract op­er­a­tions across the coun­try. It is time that gov­ern­ment ad­dressed this is­sue on pri­or­ity.

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