About 14 women have died and about 100 more hospitalized after taking sterilization antibiotics in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh in India. This followed the administration of sterilization medicines given at government-run sterilization camps; but some others have equally suffered the same fate when they have not participate in the sterilization camps but taken the antibiotic drugs on their own.

Being the second most populous nation in the world after China, India adopts the sterilization of women to checkmate population growths, even though most other nations have criticized their sterilization methods as draconian and somehow unconventional. However, their own sterilization method is known to be cheap and also effective, and it settles any cultural resistance issues that would be generated with women sterilization.

A person lost her life most recently and six others hospitalized after taking antibiotic medications from a batch that must have caused the deaths of all the others following their sterilization at the camp. The deceased gave up the ghost at the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences where the other six are currently undergoing treatment and hospitalization.

According to a doctor at the hospital who declined giving his name because he is not authorized to speak to the media, “they came with the medicine strips in their hand…they complained of vomiting, dizziness and swelling in the feet. It looks like most of the sterilization patients might be affected due to this medicine.”

And according to the Times of India, a small drug manufacturing company, Mahawar Pharma, jointly owned by a father and son has been sealed up and the owners arrested when it came to light that their ciprofloxacin antibiotic tablets were some of the other medications prescribed by doctors at the sterilization camps. Although the owners denied that their drugs had anything to do with deaths or hospitalization of the patients, the scenario underscores the weak quality control standards for drugs purchased by state governments for dispensation at the mass sterilization programs.

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