Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 10:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the Odisha government. within six weeks, for alleged violation of guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court for Health department officials while conducting sterilization (family planning operation) on women in camps organized for such surgeries.
The Supreme Court guidelines clearly state that a single surgeon can conduct a maximum of 50 family planning operations on women in a single camp.
Government doctors have been repeating the same mistake causing immense sufferings and health problems to women undergoing sterilization despitethe NHRC issuing strictures and seeking reports on irregularities in family planning operation camps.
Human rights activist Akhand through a petition, drew the attention of the apex rights body to an incident on March 23 this year alleging 90 women were operated upon at the Jaleswar Primary Health Centre by a single doctor in a single day in a family planning operation camp.
The surgeon, who arrived at the PHC around noon had kept women waiting for four to five hours, said the rights activist in his petition. He further alleged in that in the absence of beds and rooms at the PHC, women on whom operations were conducted were seen lying on the floor of the PHC and the ground adjacent to it in semi-conscious state.
Admitting the petition and citing clear violation of human rights, the Commission has served a notice to the principal secretary Health and Family Welfare, Government of Odisha to file a report within six weeks.
It may be noted that four such cases filed by Akhand are sub-judice in the Commission.