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    226 hysterectomies in 6 months in Rajasthan

    Bandikui: An RTI report has revealed that the uterus of 226 women were removed in three hospitals of Rajasthan, after which the administration has temporarily suspended their recognition and ordered a three-member inquiry committee to probe the incident.Five private hospitals in Bandikui in Dausa Rajasthan are under the scanner for conducting unnecessary hysterectomies on women, all for money. The numbers speak for themselves with 226 hysterectomies in six months.Doctors of the three hospitals have now gone on a strike against being probed.Prem Devi, whose uterus was allegedly removed is still dealing with the pain. Doctors told Prem's family that her uterus needed to be removed to cure her persistent pains. Days later it has appeared she never needed that operation and that the source of her pain is stones in the bladder.“I had pain in my stomach, they told us they needed to remove my uterus, but even after that the pain persists,” said Devi.An RTI application filed by an NGO revealed that out of 385 surgeries in 3 private hospitals 226 were hysterectomies, all in a span of 6 months. So far two other hospitals have not yet provided the information. Most of the women operated are under 35 years of age and have low health awareness.Just weeks after the Jodhpur maternal deaths shamed Rajasthan government for the state of its health care, the kind of panel constituted for looking into the Bandikui uterus removal cases with three local officials and without any gynecologists included shows the government's lack of seriousness towards serious health issues springing up in the state one after the other.