Injections make maternity patients sick

The condition of 22 patients awaiting C-section deteriorated late on Sunday at the Lady Aitchison Hospital after they were injected an anti-biotic medicine, hospital sources said.

The patients complained of irritation and shivering soon after hospital nurses administered them an antibiotic injection named Calamox mixed with distilled water drips. Of them, three patients were shifted to the intensive care unit.

The incident stirred agitation among the attendants and a heavy contingent of police was called to prevent any untoward incident.

King Edward Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam told Dawn the injection was being used regularly on the patients visiting the maternity facility.

On Sunday, he said, the hospital staff had used injections from a new badge.

Dr Aslam said senior doctors provided anti-allergy treatment to all the affected patients and now all patients were stable. He said the drug would be sent to laboratory for chemical analysis.

Lady Atchison Medical Superintendent Dr Shagufta Zaidi said a committee consisting of Prof Dr Samia Malik, Dr Umm-i-Kalsum and Nasreen Butt had been formed to probe the matter.

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