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Rajasthan: Contaminated IV fluid kills 12 pregnant women, probe ordered

Last Updated: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 22:20

Jodhpur: At least 12 pregnant women died of excessive bleeding at a government run hospital here after they were allegedly administered contaminated IV fluids, officials said on Thursday.

A probe has been launched into the incident. Though the authorities are tight lipped over the incident, sources in the Ummaid Hospital told a news agency that the authorities have begun an enquiry into whether the contamination was hospital-acquired or it had come from the manufacturer.

Family members of the women shouted slogans against the hospital authorities and blocked a road to the hospital on Thursday after they expressed dissatisfaction over the hospital authorities` explanation over the deaths.

"We have lost our daughter... they are unable to give us any explanation... it is a shame," said R K Purohit, a relative of a women who died on Wednesday.

Upset over the deaths in his home constituency, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has summoned hospital superintendent Narendra Changani to Jaipur to give a report.

"I have asked hospital authorities to give me details. I have also asked them to give me a report from where these glucose drips were bought and how the contamination was generated," said Gehlot.

"Microbiological examination of the Indore-based company`s IV fluids has suggested presence of some bacteria. We have banned further use of the particular batch of IV fluids," hospital superintendent Changani told media persons.

"A medical team consisting of a microbiologist and a gynaecologist from the Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur has been sent to Jodhpur for further investigation," said a senior officer in the state`s medical and health department.


First Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 22:20
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