Shopian expiry medicine case: Inquiry finds medical negligence, 2-day salary fined

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Srinagar: The committee formed by the District Development Commissioner (DDC) Shopian to probe the ‘administering of expiry medicines to an infant’ has found out the Shopian hospital authorities showed medical negligence and has fined the concerned staffers two days salary.  

Sachin Kumar, the DDC, had told The Kashmir Walla that the parents of the infant showed him “the medicines administered [by the hospital] and it was found that there were two expiry dates on the same medicine”. Subsequently, Kumar had visited the hospital and constituted a committee comprising Assistant Commissioner Revenue and Chief Medical Officer Shopian and directed to submit the report.

The committee has also found out that the “medical superintendent being the head of the institution should have put in place a proper mechanism for the medicines being administered to the admitted patient with the maintenance of consumption register, expiry medicine register, and the medical store diary.”

It further adds that “no action on part of the medical superintendent against the negligent staff speaks about the negligence of the hospital administration.” 

On Friday, Mohammad Iqbal Kataria, the father of an infant and resident of Devpora Shopian, had alleged in a video statement, which later went viral on social media platforms, that his “child was administered twelve expired injections by the medicos in the hospital”. He added that his child was admitted for the treatment of pneumonia four days ago.

Mohammad Ismail, Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Shopian, had denied the allegation talking to The Kashmir Walla on Friday and had said, “if the child would have been given twelve expired injections as claimed by her father she would not have been alive.”


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