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6-year-old girl ‘critical’, her family says Shopian hospital doctors gave her expired injections; nurse suspended

A 6-year-old girl is battling for life as doctors at the district hospital Shopian has been allegedly giving her expired injections for the past four days, her family said on Friday.

Mohamad Iqbal Khataria, a resident of Devpora in the southern district said that he admitted his daughter Bazila Jan, 6, at the district hospital with pneumonia.

He said that doctors at the hospital have been giving Bazila expired injection Monocef for the last four days after which her condition worsened.
“Since the past four days, my daughter was given an expired injection. Today morning, we checked its expiry date and we were 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 the Chief Medical Officer, but none from the hospital administration responded. “I have now requested District Magistrate to enquire into the matter and take serious action against the persons involved in negligence,” Kataria said.

However, the Medical Superintendent of the district hospital, Dr Mohammed Ismail said that they have already seized the medicine and an investigation has been taken up. He claimed that the expiry date on the pack of injection was March 2021.

He added that if the girl would have been taking an expired injection for the last four days, she would have been critical. “The girl is stable,” he said. “The nurse who had given the injection to the girl has been suspended immediately.”

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

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