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sterilisation Deaths: reports of Rat poison chemical in pills
No tubectomy targets for docs, says Nadda

Tribune News Service

JP Nadda, Union health ministerSolan, November 15
Amid reports of contaminated tablets being given to the victims of botched tubectomy in Chhattisgarh, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said today that doctors conducting such surgeries had not been given any target to complete. The minister's assertion came after charges of haste emerged in completing the surgeries compromising hygiene and quality of medicines.

Interacting with mediapersons here today, the Health Minister responded to queries on the botched surgeries at Bilaspur’s government-run medical camps that have so far claimed 13 lives and left nearly 138 ill.

“We intervened immediately and even the (state) government ordered an inquiry. The Central Government will provide all necessary assistance for the inquiry,” the Health Minister said.

Meanwhile, reports saidtablets linked to the deaths contalined a chemical used in rat poison. Preliminary tests of the antibiotic ciprocin tablets were found to contain zinc phosphide, Bilaspur’s Chief Administrator Siddhartha Pardeshi said. The antibiotics were handed out at the mass sterilisation held a week ago in Chhattisgarh.

Pardeshi said authorities had tested the tablets after being informed that zinc phosphide was found at the nearby factory of Mahawar Pharmaceuticals, a firm at the centre of investigations.

He said samples had been sent to laboratories in Delhi and Kolkata to verify that the tablets were contaminated as the preliminary report suggested.

The minister said he would soon prepare an action plan enlisting his priorities about the Health Department.

(With agency inputs)





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