Hyderabad: Imagine a situation where a young woman, uneducated and poor, goes to a village doctor with a stomach pain, which could be tackled with just one tablet, but returns home without a uterus and a hospital bill that will drown her family in debt forever.
In several villages across Telangana, illegal medical practitioners running shady private clinics have made it a habit to mint money by forcing poor, uneducated women to go for costly surgeries for reasons that never warrant an operation.
“There are cases where hysterectomies were done when the woman had just a mere stomach pain or white discharge. As per government statistics, there are about 22 lakh women in Telangana who underwent uterus removal operations, mostly without any need,” says Surya Prakash Vinjamuri.
Dr Surya Prakash and his doctor wife Sama Vedam Venkata Kameswari have been entrusted by the State government with the task of saving such hapless women, for which they have been going to villages in Yadadri-Bhongir since January.
“Nearly 18 per cent of those 22 lakh women are in Yadadri. We are going to villages there at least thrice in a week, holding classes for girls and women, talking to village elders, questioning and warning medical practitioners and also training primary health workers,” says Dr Surya Prakash, adding that they would be submitting a report to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, so that the initiative, ‘Save the Uterus, Strengthen the Society’, can then be taken up across the State.
“We are telling them that they do not need to go to the doctor for some symptoms, and also the kind of issues that require surgeries or removal of the uterus. RMPs and some local medical practitioners have been taking economically backward people for a ride in the name of minor gynaecological issues and getting their organs removed. Educating them is what we are doing.
By December 25, we hope to cover Yadadri and then help the State government to take the mission forward across Telangana,” he adds.
With many of the women who lost their uterus now suffering from various ailments, including heavy bleeding and other consequences, Dr Kameswari is also helping them recuperate through natural diet-based treatment methods.