Wrong injection?

Patient allegedly dies due to negligence


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


OVER a dozen angry relatives of Abu Talib, an accident victim who was allegedly killed on the first day of Eid due to administration of wrong medicine, staged a protest and vandalized a private hospital located in Kharadar.

They smashed glass doors and windows on the first floor of the hospital, claiming that Talib was administered the wrong medicine. According to sources, Talib, a resident of Moosa Lane, was brought to the hospital on December 2, after sustaining injuries in an accident. Talib’s leg was badly fractured and on December 4 the doctors at the hospital decided to operate.

“On the eve of Eid, there was no senior doctor around to check up on the seriously injured patients.

The nurse administered the wrong medicine and within 10 minutes, Talib fell seriously ill and died,” said one of the attendants, without giving his original name.

Besides the absence of doctors, the attendant also complained of the absence of all senior paramedic staff, including technicians, male nurses, lab assistants, as well as staff for ICU, ECG and life saving machines.

Akram, one of the officials at the private hospital, told Daily Times on Thursday that there was no wrongdoing in administering Abu Talib, who died minutes after being injected with an antibiotic. “The paramedic staff that was on duty assured that there was no wrong injection given to the patient and it was the same medicine that the staff had been administering for the past three days,” he said. The official complained that the attendants of Abu Talib created pandemonium on the first floor and broke the glass doors and windows.

Soon after the incident, four police mobiles from Baghdadi and Kharadar arrived at the scene to control the situation and the mob fled. Police officials said that no complaints have been registered.

– Published in Daily Times | Dec 12, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on December 12, 2008.

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