Myomectomy case of Beed : Committee recommends medical check-up of women sugarcane cutters

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Mumbai, 28/8/2019: The committee formed to investigate myomectomy cases in Beed district submitted its report today. Health Minister told that the State Government had formed a committee on 26th June 2019 after many myomectomy cases in Beed came to light. The committee visited Beed district, did a thorough investigation, and submitted its report with some recommendations. Health Minister congratulated committee for completing its work sooner and directed concerned departments to act on recommendations including Health Department.

Committee president and legislature counsel vice-president Dr. Neelam Gorhe, Principal Secretary of Health Department Dr. Pradip Vyas, Director Dr. Sadhana Taide, Dr. Archana Patil and other committee members presented the report.

The committee has recommended Health department to provide every sugarcane cutting- labourer with a health card, to do a medical checkup before and after sugarcane-cutting work; to organize medical-checkup drives for women at sugarcane- cutting fields of sugar factories with the help of primary health centres; all private hospitals to use SOP for myomectomy; private gynecologists to submit monthly myomectomy report to district surgeon.

The committee has recommended Sugar Commissioner, sugar factories and Labour Commissioner to register all sugarcane- cutting labourers at Assistant Laboure Commissioner and provide them with an identity card; to provide the labourers with drinking water, toilets and other basic facilities in the sugarcane process season and to install temporary toilet-bathrooms if necessary; to build houses in sugar factory area for sugarcane-cutting labourers on the model of Gharkul; to provide tents to stay at farm field; to provide mobile toilets.

It is recommended that Women and Child Welfare Department should start daycare centres for sugarcane-cutting labourers’ children in the factory area; it should start seasonal schools and separate hostels for labourers’ children in factory area and to strictly implement Child Marriage Restraint Act.

The committee has recommended Supply Department to provide labourers with six months’ ration before they go to work or to stamp labourers’ ration card with government orders so the labourers will get ration at immigrated ration centre. The committee has also recommended that self-helps groups of myomectomy-performed women should be created and to form village-level committee, encourages NGOs to participate and interstate coordination.

Sugar Commissionerate has declared some guidelines on 23rd July 2019 to provide facilities to sugarcane-cutting labourers. A circular regarding that is also issued.