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RTI: In Pune, men died of 'pregnancy complications'

Alifiya Khan, DNA | Last Modified - Jun 12, 2012, 10:34 AM IST

Can men die of pregnancy complications? Claims PMC
  • RTI: In Pune, men died of 'pregnancy complications'
    RTI: In Pune, men died of 'pregnancy complications'

    Can men die of pregnancy complications? Claims PMCPune: In the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, men are dying of pregnancy-related complications and women due to cancers of male genital organs every year! Sounds weird, but this has been revealed by the civic administration in a Right to Information (RTI) reply to activist Vihar Durve on the number of deaths and their causes during the past 10 years.

    The civic body, in its shocking and surprising data, states that 4 men died of pregnancy complications in 2006, while the number dropped to 2 in 2007. Two years later, it jumped to 5. In 2011, one male death was reported.

    Not just pregnancy complications, the civic body has also mentioned the growing number of cancer cases of female genital organs with only two men dying of the disease in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

    However, the problem seems to be more serious in the case of females who are dying of cancers of male genital organs. In 2007, the PMC’s birth and death records show 380 such deaths but the number improved to just one death in 2009.

    Calling the data ridiculous, cancer surgeon Anupama Mane said, “I don’t know how the PMC erred in the data. There is something wrong in it.”

    PMC Chief Medical Officer Dr ST Pardeshi admitted that there were ‘glaring’ mistakes in the data, and the process of rectifying it is underway.

    “Women don’t die of cancers of male genital organs. The data should have stated cancer of genital organs and given separate male and female statistics. Also, in the case of pregnancy-related deaths in males, I know there are some mistakes. Either the cause of deaths is wrong or may be they meant death of male infant child due to pregnancy complications,” Pardeshi said.

    He said that verification and coding of data related to deaths is taking place and the correct data would be available within 15 days.

    Durve said that he did not receive any communication from the PMC saying that that the data provided to him was incorrect. “They should immediately provide me with the correct data and take action against the public information officer who has given the wrong information,” he said.

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