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Patients given expired saline at railway hospital in Assam

A typhoid patient named Annapura Sukla, 60, was put on the drip on Sunday when her daughter noticed that the saline solution had expired two months ago. Another patient named Puja Acharjee (20), experienced severe pain on the nerve where the drip was injected on Sunday. On a closer look, her mother Padma found that the saline solution had crossed expiry date.
Saline packs : For representational purposes only

In a shocking case of medical negligence, the medical staff at a railway station in Assam were found administering saline drips and medicines that had crossed expiry dates. After some alert patients found the lapse, the medical officer in-charge of the hospital visited the patients and admitted the fault.

Patients at New Bongaigaon Railway Station of lower Assam were allegedly being given expired saline drips. A typhoid patient named Annapura Sukla, 60, was put on the drip on Sunday when her daughter noticed that the saline solution had expired two months ago. She instantly rushed to the nurse’s chamber seeking a replacement but found no one there. Later, a helper came and removed the drip. Undoubtedly, it is to be treated as a federal crime.

Another patient named Puja Acharjee (20), a student of B.Sc. who had been suffering from high fever for past few days, was prescribed 12 bottles of saline. On Saturday, she experienced severe pain on the nerve where the drip was injected. On a closer look, her mother Padma found that the saline solution had expired two months ago. Padma tried to contact the nurses, but she too could not locate a single nurse in the hospital.

Finding no other option, the infuriated attendants informed both N. F. Railway Trade Union leaders and mediapersons about this negligence.  They also noticed a bunch of cartoons of expired saline bottles kept in the hospital store rooms. More “patients too might have been given expired medicines”. After this incident, these medicines were burnt at the hospital compound.

The medical officer in charge of the hospital visited the patients who had obtained the drip from expired saline bottles and said this was a major lapse and admitted the fault.

Reportedly, many such incidents had happened in the hospital in the past. Although medicines might be available in the store room, patients are often refused timely medicines. Doctors too are unavailable most of the time at the hospital.

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