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Hospitals in Jaipur defend uterus surgeries; BJP finds gaping holes
JAIPUR, Apr 18 (Agencies):
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Published on 18 Apr. 2011 10:41 PM IST
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Defending the high instances of uterus removal surgeries at Bandikui in Dausa, the five hospitals which were in the centre of a storm for such operations, have claimed that most patients with uterus problems come to them as there was no gynaecologist in only the community health centre (CHC) of the village.
However, a team of the opposition BJP which visited the district to take stock of the situation, tore into the hospitals’ defence claiming that the doctors decided on removal of the uterus from the patients within a matter of minutes.
“Moreover, one of the hospitals was based on ayurvedic medicine owned by an ayurved doctor. The hospital does not have permanent gynaecologist surgeon and has no right to provide allopathic treatment and surgeries to patients,” team member and BJP MLA Anita Bhagel said.
In the meantime, the CHC at Bandikui village has been without a gynaecologist for at least three years. In the absence of a senior gynaecologist for the past one year and a junior for at least three years, both sanctioned posts of the CHC, an MBBS lady doctor has been treating women patients.
Confirming the vacancy, Dr J P Verma in-charge of the CHC said, “The post of MS gynaecologist is vacant for the past one year and another junior specialist gynaecologist is vacant for the past three years. There is an MBBS lady doctor who offers treatment to women patients in the CHC.”
Given the situation and coupled with “no surgery of uterus being conducted in government hospitals in Bandikui and Dausa for the past five years”, patients from distant places came to them for removal of uterus, a joint statement released by the five hospitals claimed.
The BJP team, constituted by leader of opposition Vasundhara Raje, however pointed out several anomalies in the hospitals’ claims. The team comprised state BJP vice-president Suman Sharma and Baghel. They claimed that as many as 450 patients, mostly belonging to Manpur village of the district, became “victims” of the “forced” surgeries.
Talking to TOI, Sharma said, “It was shocking that uterus of around 450 patients belonging to Manpur village were removed by the doctors.
“I met patients who had complaints of kidney problems but the doctors removed the uterus. There were also patients who allowed doctors to remove their uterus as the doctors fill them with fear about having cancer. How can doctors detect cancer in just a few minutes? Also, there is an entire process of uterus removal, and it cannot be done all of a sudden.”
She claimed that there were instances where the doctors gave the patients only about five to 10 minutes to decide on the removal of their uterus.
Baghel added that there was a senior gynaecologist, Dr Santosh Pareek, post at the CHC in Bandikui about one year ago but after she left, the post was lying vacant.

 
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