Using bicycle pumps during mass sterilisations in India is common, says doctor

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7561
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

A doctor in the Angul district of the Indian state of Odisha has said that it is normal practice in some areas to use bicycle pumps to inflate the abdomens of women while carrying out laparoscopic sterilisations at mass sterilisation camps.

Retired surgeon Mahesh Chandra Rout was found to have used a bicycle pump to inflate the abdomens of 56 women during laparoscopic sterilisations and is being investigated by the local health ministry. In early November the deaths of 13 women …

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