Hospital Gives ‘Expired’ Injections, Minor Fights For Life

Hospital Administration Suspends Nurse, Orders Probe

Srinagar: A minor girl is battling for life at the district hospital Shopian where she was administered expired injections four days ago, sparking anger and outrage among the locals prompting administration to order a probe.

Six-year-old Bazila Jan of Devpora village was admitted to the district hospital Shopian by her family four days ago with the complaint of pneumonia, her father Mohamad Iqbal Khataria said Friday. At the hospital, he said, the minor girl has been given expired Monocef injection for four continuous days following which her health condition deteriorated.

 “Since past four days, my daughter was given expired injections. Today morning, we checked its expiry date and we all got shocked to see that the injection given to my daughter has already expired on October 20, 2020,” a visibly upset father alleged.

He further alleged that he contacted all officials, even CMO but none from the hospital administration responded.

“I have now requested District Magistrate Shopian to inquire into the matter and take serious action against the persons involved in negligence,” Kataria said.

However, Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Shopian, Dr Mohammed Ismail said that they have already seized the medicine and started investigations into the allegations levelled by Kataria. He also claimed that the expiry date on the pack of injection was March 2021.

“The girl is stable. Had she been given expired injection from the last four days, she would have been critical,” he said, adding “The nurse who administered injection to the minor girl has been placed under suspension,”

Chief Medical Officer Shopian Dr Ramesh Malla said that a committee has been constituted to enquire the matter and action will be taken against whosoever is found guilty. (With KNO inputs)

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