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Patient given expired saline

Sonepur, Dec. 9: An inquiry has revealed that a patient was administered expired saline at the sub-divisional hospital in Birmaharajpur.

Chief district medical officer, Sonepur, Chitta Ranjan Panigrahy, who probed into the case, confirmed that there was “truth in the allegation” that patient Subhadra Rana, 60, was administered saline, the date of which had expired.

Panigrahy said he was inquiring into how this happened and assured that appropriate action would be taken against the guilty persons.

Subhadra, wife of Shankar Rana of Titipali village, was admitted to the sub-divisional hospital in Birmaharajpur on December 3.

As the patient was in a serious state, she was administered saline from the stock of the hospital.

Shankar said he was not an educated person and did not have any idea about the expiry date of the saline.

“Some of my acquaintances came to see my wife when they spotted the saline bottle that expired of October 2012. The hospital authorities, however, took way the saline bottle after a complaint was made. The matter was also brought to the notice of Panigrahy,” he said.

Panigrahy, however, conducted an inquiry into the allegation following a direction from the revenue divisional commissioner (northern region) Alekh Chandra Padhiary.

Sources said Birmaharajpur hospital had been supplied with saline bottles which were of August 2009 batch and had expiry date of October 2012.

The stock of saline got exhausted in March 2012 and the hospital was again supplied with 420 more bottles in three lots thereafter.

“The expired saline bottle no longer exists in the stock of the hospital. The stock had been exhausted in March. We are trying to find out how that old saline bottle got here. Whoever is found guilty will be dealt with severely,” said Panigrahy.