Hyderabad: 2 Infants Dead, 32 Critical After Health Centre Administers Wrong Medicine
The Logical Indian Crew Telangana
March 8th, 2019 / 5:49 PM
In another case of gross medical negligence, two infants died and 32 others were admitted to Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad after the staff of Nampally urban primary health centre gave the wrong medication after vaccination. Reportedly, the infants were administered doses of opioid painkiller Tramadol, instead of paracetamol. The mistake allegedly took place because of the similar packaging on the two drugs available at the health centre.
Infants administered wrong medicine
According to The New Indian Express, the Urban Primary Health centre (UPHC) mistook one for another and gave it to the parents to administer at home after the vaccination process. As many as 92 infants were immunized with the pentavalent vaccine which provides immunisation from five life-threatening diseases like Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib as part of routine immunization programme. As a part of the routine, the children are given paracetamol to avoid any chances of developing a fever.
Reportedly, right after the medicine was administered, most of the babies became drowsy with some of them appeared to have gone into a deep slumber. After an infant, Sheik Faizan was brought dead to Niloufer hospital on March 7, at around 10:30 am, the authorities at Nampally Urban Health Centre came to know about the incident. The authorities immediately called up the parents and asked them to rush their wards to the Niloufer hospital.
The victims’ parents were anxiously waiting for their children to recover from the wrongful dosage of the medication. “It’s been more than six hours but the doctors didn’t give me an update,” said Amjad, a parent whose child was rushed to the hospital following the call. Some of the other parents have demanded strong actions against the wrongdoers saying, “Those responsible for the incident should be arrested. We have been sitting here worried for more than 10 hours, because of these erring doctors,” reported The News Minute.
Reportedly, the two deceased infants were identified as Faizan and Md Omar and the latter’s father, Md Asif lodged a police complaint at Habeebnagar police where a case has been registered under section 304A. At least 32 infants were brought to the Niloufer hospital on Thursday and speaking to the media, Hospital Superintendent Murali Krishna said that three of them are in critical condition and have been placed on ventilatory support. All the infants are being monitored closely and will continue to do so until the effects of the drugs come down. Reportedly, an antidote called naloxone was being given to the babies.
While human errors can be forgiven, medical negligence cannot! Such gross negligence not only cost two lives, but also put tens of others at risk, causing harassment, mental stress and agony to the parents and family members. The Logical Indian condemns the incident and urges medical practitioners to take extra caution while administering medicine.
Written by : Sromona Bhattacharyya
Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi