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NHRC issues notice to Odisha Health Department
The National Human Rights Commission has sought a report from Health department of Odisha over mismanagement of sterilization camp in Dhenkanal. Acting on a complaint of this citizen journalist who is also a human rights activist (Akhand), the commission has directed the principal secretary of health and family welfare departments to file a report in the matter within six weeks.
Here it should be noted that over 151 semi-conscious women were dumped outside, after a mass sterilisation camp at Sri Ramchandrapur Community Health Centre (CHC) at Gandia in Dhenkanal district (Odisha) as there was no room in the hospital.

Sriramchandrapur Health Centre, where the family-planning procedure was carried out on December 12, was not equipped to accommodate such a large number of patients. So the semi-conscious women were dumped outside the hospital.

Some women were taking rest on the floor of hospital's common area. Some women were sent home in rickshaws before the mandatory observation period. It is a violation of human rights of women patients and NHRC took cognizance of it.

There was only one operating doctor in the sterilization camp. According to provision not more than 50 women should not be sterilized by a doctor in such a camp. But more than 150 women were called for this operation and there was only one doctor. Some had to wait for more than 7 to 8 hours for their turns.

Health department is not taking any action against such wrong practices by the doctors and CDMOs, alleged the petitioner. Stringent action needs to be taken against the erring officials and compensation should be given to each patients in the camp.

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