Women dumped in field after sterilization in West Bengal1 min read . Updated: 07 Feb 2013, 06:43 PM IST
The women had undergone surgical procedures at a hospital in Malda
Kolkata: Scores of women were dumped unconscious in a field after a mass sterilization because there was no room in hospital for them to recuperate, medical officials said on Thursday.
The women had all undergone surgical procedures at a hospital in the Malda district of West Bengal, around 360 kilometres north of Kolkata, which officials admitted was not equipped to accommodate such a large number of patients.
The scandal came to light after news channel NDTV aired amateur footage of unconscious women being carried out of the hospital Tuesday by men and then placed on open land.
Local health officials acknowledged that the patients’ treatment was unacceptable and promised an inquiry.
“Over 100 women, mostly poor, came to the camp for the surgery. Immediately after the procedure, the doctors asked the helpers to move each of them to the adjacent field," Biswa Ranjan Satpathi, West Bengal’s director of health services, told AFP in Kolkata.
Uday Roy, a health campaigner who was present at the sterilization camp, said some of the women were shoved on rickshaws after surgery even though they were clearly in no fit state to make any kind of journey.
“A woman sterilized in the hospital fell off the rickshaw on the way to her home and she had to be hospitalised with severe injuries," said Roy who works at Debalaya Trust, a voluntary organisation providing free medical services.