PUNE: Three resource centres will be set up to facilitate better healthcare facilities for sugarcane workers in Beed, Parali and Ambejogai, said Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe on Tuesday.
She, along with State Health Secretary Dr Pradip Vyas, was interacting with the press after the first meeting of the committee formed by the State health department to check hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) of women from Beed district in private hospitals.
The panel was set up following media reports that women sugarcane workers undergo this surgery to do away with menstrual cycles. She said the committee has initiated a Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) for hysterectomy among women sugarcane workers. “The committee intends to report why it was preferred and if there are any social reasons. These surgeries will be done at government facilities an we will be able to keep a tab on it,” said Gorhe.
“We have requested the sugar commissioner to register these workers so that healthcare facilities are given. The committee will submit its final report in the next 30 days,” said Gorhe.
During the interaction, Dr Vyas said this issue is present in other states too. “As per the National Family Health Survey -4 (NFHS-4), in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, around 60 per cent of women undergo a hysterectomy. Whereas in Maharashtra, the number is 14 per cent. We are coordinating with private doctors to raise awareness,” said Dr Vyas.
He said two types of surveys have been launched. “One survey is of private hospitals, where these surgeries are performed. The other survey will study the roots of these problems holistically,” said Dr Vyas.