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15 women die after childbirth in Jodhpur

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Mar 11, 2011 at 10:45am IST

Jaipur: Fifteen women have died so far after childbirth, in a Jodhpur government hospital. Even after three weeks, authorities are still clueless about the cause of deaths.

Preliminary reports have suggested contaminated IV fluid behind cause of the deaths.

A panel sent by the Central Government to probe the deaths has also pointed towards other factors.

The factors include untrained doctors administering IV fluid and lack of hygiene in operation theatres at the hospital. The Rajasthan government though still has no answers.

22-year-old Belu died soon after giving birth to her child. She was one of the 15 women who died at a government hospital in Jodhpur after giving birth, allegedly after they were administered contaminated glucose.

Mohan, the child's father finds himself helpless.

"I can't take care of the child as I need to earn to pay the debts," said Mohan, Belu's husband.

Rajasthan Health Minister, Aimuddin Ahmed Khan said "We're trying to streamline the mismanagement at the hospital but we still have no clarity on the cause of the deaths."

The state government said, it has still not received the report filed by the central probe panel, it has set up another panel under senior doctors from PGI Chandigarh. The IV fluid samples have been sent to a Kolkata laboratory and the reports are expected by March 15.

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