Drug reaction kills 3, people block road in protest

Three persons died after being administered drugs at a primary health centre and a government hospital near on Saturday, triggering protests by enraged public.

Madikeri: Three persons died after
being administered drugs at a primary health centre and a
government hospital near on Saturday, triggering protests by
enraged public.

Police said two persons, including a woman, who received a
shot of paracetamol, prescribed for fever and body pain, at
the PHC in Suntikoppa developed complications and died at the
District Government Hospital here shortly after they were
admitted.

In the other incident, a 25-year old woman collapsed and
her body turned blue immediately after being administered some
drug for acidity intravenously at a government hospital in
Kushal Nagar, 30 km from here, District Superintendent of
Police Manjunath Annigeri said.

The woman had purchased the drug from a medical shop
outside the hospital, he added.

Five others who also developed uneasiness on being given
paracetamol injection were undergoing treatment at the
District Hospital and their condition was stated to be out of
danger, hospital sources said.

Health officials said samples of both the drugs were being
sent to the Drug Controller in Bangalore for analysis.

The cause of the deaths would be known only after the
results of the analysis came, they said.

In all, ten outpatients were administered the paracetamol
injection at the PHC and all of them complained of uneasiness
immediately. Three of them were treated at the PHC itself and
sent back home while the seven were rushed to the District
Hospital here, where Susheela (50) and Moniuddin (58) died,
Annigeri said.

Enraged by the patients` death, the residents of Suntikoppa
staged a "rasta roko" but were pacified by the SP who assured
them of necessary action.

"However, some of them continued the protest in front of
the hospital demanding action against the doctor and suitable
compensation for the deceased," he said adding the situation
was under control.

In Kushal Nagar too, the public staged protests.

PTI

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