Eleven women have been killed and more than 60 were injured after undergoing sterilisation surgery in India.
After receiving the surgery on Saturday, many of the women showed signs of complications and were admitted to hospital on Monday. 11 women died as a result of the complications and six are still in critical condition.
The 80 women who participated in the surgery were paid about $23 as an incentive to undergo the procedure, as the government attempted to control the increasing population.
The women attended a mobile clinic in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, where 83 surgeries were performed in the space of five hours.
Health experts are investigating the surgeries and believe unsanitary conditions may have been a contributing factor to the deaths. In the wake of this tragedy health experts have labelled these camps as unsafe, unethical and unhygienic.
Sterilisation camps are common in India and have been responsible for hundreds of deaths in the past.
Authorities are waiting for the autopsy results of the women who died to determine the exact cause of death and whether the surgeries were to blame. Four health department officials were suspended due to the pending investigation. – Daniel Stringer
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