12 Children Fall Ill After Administering Expired Medicines

March 27, 2017 11:07
12 Children Fall Ill After Administering Expired Medicines

The state-run hospital, Gandhi General Hospital, has again been into the hall of shame, after 12 children were allegedly injected with expired antibiotics.

This incident, triggered the temporary loss of motor skills, among the children.

A mother of an aggrieved child, Shafiya, said doctors who examined the children, confirmed that the injections contained expired medicines.

The children at the hospital have developed shivers, an hour after the  injections and their eyes were swollen up too.

They even suffered from nausea, fever, bouts of seizures and began vomiting, she added.

All of them were shifted to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU), as their conditions worsened.

Mother of another child, Afreen Anjum, said, “ We took them to the emergency ward where they were injected and brought back to normalcy.”

They complained of stomach ache again in the morning and now they are undergoing treatment, she added.

Family members alleged that the kids were injected with amoxicillin clavulanate and potassium clavulanate antibiotics, from expired vials around 7.30 pm on Saturday.

These antibiotics were administered to treat bacterial infections and fever.

Meanwhile, Hospital authorities said, the drug supplier, Uttaranchal-based Maxmed Life Sciences Private Limited is being interrogated.

Parents have claimed their children were wrongly diagnosed by an on-duty doctor, Naveen Singh.

Shailaja, mother of Zohail, whose name too was missing from the list, stated, “The nurses who administered injections did not even check the expiry date on vial.”

“My son suffered from diarrhea, high fever and vomiting soon after the antibiotic was given,” said Shailaja

Expired medicines

The Government swung into action, after the back-to-back controversies of the hospital, and suspended two staff nurses, Shobha and Sunita and the on duty doctor from the hospital.

Telangana health minister Laxma Reddy said he was looking into allegations leveled by parents.

Director of Medical Education (DME), M Ramani said an external inquiry was underway and a report would be submitted on Monday evening.

The medicines were not supplied by the Government, and the antibiotics administered to the children were brought from outside, stated Ramani.

The stock of medicines, given to us come with a stamp on them, “Telangana government supply” and also has a “not-for-free sale” seal.

“We smell a plot, as vials that are shown by parents are not from the Government stock”, added Ramani.

The DME further added that, they have been receiving over 4000 people, including patients and attendants on a daily basis.

We will soon impose restrictions on the number of attendants with every patient, as crowd management at the hospital is getting difficult, said Ramani.

Ten days earlier, a paralytic patient made a dramatic entry into the Gandhi Hospital, on a tricycle, after being denied a wheel chair.

By Supraja

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