Death of 12 pregnant women: FIR against Drug Company

Last Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 13:58

Jodhpur: In a case of negligence, 12
pregnant women have died and four others are battling for
their lives after they were allegedly administered
contaminated intravenous fluids following which police has
lodged an FIR against the drug company and a local
distributor.

A case has been registered under section 328 of IPC
(causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an
offence), against the Indore-based Parental Surgical India
Private Limited, and a local distributor, for allegedly
supplying contaminated I V fluid that is believed to be the
cause behind the death of 12 pregnant women in hospitals here.

"We have started the investigation and checking the
stocks. A total of 5,000 bottles of this drug of a particular
lot were supplied to the hospitals. The unused bottles of the
medicine have been seized along with the drug of the same
batch in the market," Police Commissioner Bhupendra Kumar Dak
said.

12 women died after profuse bleeding post delivery in
Umaid and MG hospitals since February 13, while four are
battling for their lives. A few patients at the hospital are
also feared to have contracted infection through the same I V
fluid and have complained about excessive bleeding.

Umaid hospital Superintendent Narendra Changani said
that the administration has registered a complaint against the
manufacturing company and the local distributor Anshul Pharam,
who supplied the contaminated stock of the I V fluid.

The distributor was, however, released late night
following a protest by the Drug and Chemist Association,
police said.

Investigating officer Dhagla Ram informed that close
to 10,000 bottles of the IV fluid have so far been seized and
a report of FSL (Forensic Scientific Laboratory) is awaited.

Three out of five samples, sent for test by the Umaid
hospital administration, of the fluid are reported to have
tested positive for strains of micro-organisms, said a report.

The entire batch of the I V fluid used earlier has
been withdrawn from use from all hospitals, and alternative
arrangements are being made, said sources.

"We are trying to find out the exact reason for these
deaths led by profuse bleeding," said Umaid hospital
Superintendent Narendra Changani.

He claimed that the I V fluid of the same batch had
also been administered to patients in other hospitals and even
to children but it has not shown any negative results.

Meanwhile, the condition of 30 pregnant women,
including six who had undergone Cesarean Section in the
hospital, is said to be stable.

Meanwhile, a two-member panel of the state government
arrived in Jodhpur yesterday to look into the death of the
women.

The team visited Umaid hospital and checked
arrangements like operation theatre, labour room and wards
apart from holding discussions with the six-member committee
constituted by the S N Medical College administration to probe
into the cause of deaths.

Till February 23, nine pregnant women had died due to
excessive bleeding.

Initially, the cause of death was believed to be
excessive bleeding and the Medical and Health Minister
Emaduddin Ahmed Durru Miyan had given a "clean chit" to the
doctors there.

However, with the death toll mounting to twelve, the
state government and the hospital management woke up to the
situation.

District Magistrate Siddharth Mahajan said that the
hospital administration was asked to keep the operation
theatre shut until it is completely fumigated and the report
is arrived.

"We think that there must be some infection
prevalent in the OT and the labour room. Considering this, we
have attempted to reduce undue rush in the hospital, he said.

The Umaid hospital administration since then has
suspended conducting surgeries in the labour room and the
operation theatre fearing possibility of infection. Instead
the operation theatre of paediatrics ward is used, said
Superintendent of Umaid hospital.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 13:58

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