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Cases of failed male sterilisation on the rise

Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Raju Vernekar

In 2017, nearly 28 cases of failed male sterilisation were reported from various districts of Maharashtra, of which maximum cases were reported from Chandrapur, followed by Amravati, with most of the failed cases occurring in rural areas.

As per the reply given to RTI activist Chetan Kothari, the failures occurred due to lack of pathology services and in some instances, the cases were handled by inexperienced hands.

A senior official said this data does not show the original picture since more cases are from rural areas where there is a serious lack of medical infrastructure. “Urban areas of Maharashtra have reported very little or almost no cases in recent years. Even the overall figures are coming down gradually and they will be in control once the medical infrastructure and expertise is developed in the rural parts of the state.”

At the all India level, in all, 199 failed cases were reported. They included five cases from urban areas and 194 from rural areas. They included 155 cases handled by public hospitals and 44 cases by private hospitals. The maximum failed cases were reported from Rajasthan.

The break up was: Assam-1 (rural), Chhattisgarh-1 (rural), Gujarat-1(rural), Haryana-2(rural), Karnataka-1 (rural), Karnataka-3 (rural), Madhya Pradesh-7 (rural), Maharashtra-2 (urban), 26 (rural), Odisha-1(urban), 1(rural), Punjab-1 (rural), Rajasthan-127 (rural) (83 public hospitals, 44 private hospitals), Tamil Nadu-16 (rural), Telangana-1 (urban), Uttar Pradesh-5 (rural), West Bengal-1 (urban) and 2-(rural).

In the last one decade, in all over 15,000 cases of failed male sterilisation were reported in the country. The break up was : Year 2017(199 cases), 2016(200 cases), 2015(203 cases), 2014(611 cases), 2013(1163 cases), 2012(1550 cases), 2011(964 cases), 2010(792 cases),  2009(1530 cases), 2008(8317 cases).Total-15529.

Back home in Mumbai over 500 males underwent vasectomy last year. But by and large, the cases of vasectomy do not cross 1,000 annually and according to the BMC, there is still misconception in the minds of people that the surgery would affect their physical strength and virility. Under the scheme launched by the Central government, an incentive of Rs. 1,451 is given to each man, who undergoes the surgery. The BMC also offers Rs. 200 to the motivator for each participant.

In 2015-16, Maharashtra had carried out maximum vasectomies (nearly 18 per cent of the overall vasectomies in the country), under the national family planning programme.  However, the number of women undergoing sterilisation in the state was 35 times more than men.

Similarly in 2015-16, over 4.5 lakh women underwent tubectomy in the state. In tubectomy, the fallopian tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus are sealed. Though the surgery is perceived to be minor, deaths due to surgical complications have been recorded in the state over the last few years.

The break up of the failed cases (Maharashtra)

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