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Chhattisgarh government investigates ‘womb removal scam’

Raipur: The state government is investigating reports that thousands of women had unnecessary hysterectomies so hospitals could make insurance claims. Officials estimate more than 2,000 women were talked into having their wombs removed in the last six months.

It is reported that poor women from remote areas who approached nursing homes with ordinary medical issues were allegedly “scared” by doctors into having surgery after being warned that they would contract cancer if their wombs were not removed.

According to the health minister Amar Agarwal, action has been taken against nine medical practitioners in the state after a preliminary inquiry. “Around 34 private nursing homes are also under the scanner. We are going to take some stringent steps,” Agarwal said. [Source: BBC]

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