Surgeon behind botched surgeries held, blames administration

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014,18:32 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Raipur | The surgeon, who has been arrested for conducting 83 sterilisation surgeries at a village in Bilaspur district that left 12 women dead, today accused the administration of framing him and blamed poor quality medicines supplied by the state government for the tragedy.
Laparoscopic surgeon Dr R K Gupta, who was taken into custody from his relatives’ place in neighbouring Balodabazar district late last night, accused the administration of framing him and said the health officials, including Chief Medical and Health Officer, Block Medical Officer and Block Health Officer should be held equally responsible for the incident.
The condition of the women deteriorated after they were given a painkiller and an antibiotic following the surgery. Women also complained of vomiting after consuming those medicines, Gupta, who performed tubectomy on 83 women at state-run camp in Pendari village on Saturday which claimed life of 12 women and left many critical, told reporters today at a police station in Bilaspur.
The drug infection possibly has led to the deaths of the women. However, post-mortem reports can only establish the exact cause behind the causalities and complications, he said ruling out improper sterilisation of surgery equipment for the deaths. Questioning the quality of medicines, he said if good quality drugs were used at the camp then the tragedy could have been averted.
Meanwhile, The durg controlling authority in Chhattisgarh today raided and sealed a unit of an antibiotic manufacturing company, whose product was used in sterilisation camps in Bilaspur district where 13 women died and several others fell ill. A raid was conducted at the drug manufacturing unit of Mahawar Pharma Pvt Ltd this morning and after collecting samples of medicines from there it was sealed.