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 media on Thursday 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.
    
"As per the news reports, the medicines provided at the camp were not properly checked. Local medicines were supplied. If good medicines had been provided, then this incident would not have taken place," he said.
    
Accusing the state government of supplying substandard medicines at the camp, Gupta said, "We cannot predict the quality of medicines just by seeing it. After examination only one can ascertain its quality.

The state government is responsible for its arrangement and they should have checked it completely. Medicines are procured through tender process and the lowest bidding manufacturer is preferred."

 

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