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Probe ordered into mass Caesarean birth

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ALAPPUZHA: Inquiries were ordered at various levels on Friday into allegations that gynaecologists at the Cherthala Taluk Hospital had conducted several Caesarean operations without waiting for the actual delivery date, so that the doctors could proceed on leave.

The issue came out first in the regional media, with relatives of some patients alleging that 21 Caesarean operations were conducted in a span of two days, on Wednesday and Thursday, so that four gynaecologists could proceed on leave from Friday to Sunday.

The relatives also complained that many women who were allegedly operated upon had to be accommodated on the floor of the post-surgical labour ward as there were no empty beds.

With television channels airing the story, political organisations and their youth wings such as the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the All India Youth Federation (AIYF) took out protest marches to the hospital.

District Collector P. Venugopal told The Hindu that on the basis of media reports, he had sought a report from District Medical Officer K.M. Sirabuddin. The Director of Health Services too has initiated a probe into the issue following a directive from Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy.

Dr. Sirabuddin said he had sought a report from the Hospital Superintendent on the number of Caesareans and normal deliveries that each gynaecologist had handled in the last four days.

The DMO himself would visit the hospital on Saturday to examine the case sheets in the gynaecology and labour wards to ascertain whether the Caesareans were actually necessa ry. Based on this, a report wo uld be submitted to the higher-ups at the earliest, he said.

An exact number of the Caesareans conducted and why would be known only after the probe, he said, adding that the figures that appeared

in the media could not be confirmed at this moment.

Meanwhile, as the issue snowballed into a major controversy, hospital authorities arranged beds from other wards for the women and their newborns. Mediapersons were prevented from entering the ward.

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