Pregnant women get expired drugs

Govt hospital in UP administers glucose IV past its use-by date
Last Updated 28 January 2013, 19:47 IST

 In an incident reflecting state of affair of health services in the state, some pregnant women were allegedly administered with ‘expired’ intravenous glucose at the government women’s hospital in Faizabad.

One of the attendants of a woman noticed that the glucose being administered intravenously to the patient was past its expiry date and complained to the senior officers.

It was found that many other pregnant women were also being administered expired glucose intravenously triggering resentment among the attendants of the patients at the hospital.

Acting swiftly, the chief medical superintendent Dr Neerja Mala suspended four employees including the nurse and the drug store in-charge. A two-member committee had been constituted to probe the matter.

The officers have also ordered to check the dates of medicines stored at the store -room, reports said.

Shocking incidents

A few months ago, it was found that ward boys and sweepers had treated patients with stitches and injections at government hospitals in the state. At least two such cases were reported from the district hospitals in Muzaffarnagar and Ballia.

Then, the doctors had tried to justify the employment of sweepers and ward boys.

“They are trained to give stitches and injections. There is nothing wrong in it. Whenever there is an emergency or shortage of the doctors, we utilise their services'', they had said.

The incident reflects the state of affairs of health services in Uttar Pradesh, which witnessed a huge scam in the

implementation of the National Rural Health Mission scheme.

A few months ago, auxiliary nurse midwives were found engaged in delivery of babies under candlelight as there was no power and the generator was out of order at a community health centre in Barabanki district.

(Published 28 January 2013, 19:47 IST)

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