Sterilisation Camp in City a Damp Squib

Published: 15th November 2014 06:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th November 2014 06:09 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Days after the tragedy in Chhattisgarh that killed over a dozen women during a mass sterilisation programme that went awry, only three women turned up for the ‘No Scalpel Vasectomy Camp’ held by the Family Welfare Bureau of Chennai Corporation on Friday.

According to officials, a number of men did walk in to the camp held at Maternity Hospital in Shenoy Nagar and majority of them underwent the basic tests, but left claiming that they could not afford to take leave from work.

“The camp will be conducted periodically, whenever the department finds it feasible. There were about 10 trained doctors for Friday’s camp. But only three men underwent surgery. The rest promised to come on Saturday and left,” officials said.

When asked whether precautionary measures are being taken for the sterilisation programme especially after the incident in Chhattisgarh, the officials said, “Every time such camps are organised, we have a regular protocol to follow. Well-trained doctors are assigned for the job and extra care was taken this time too like always,” health officials added.

‘No Scalpel Vasectomy’ is the simplest form of permanent surgical birth control for men.


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