Berhampur: The state of at least 20 patients in the state MKCG Medical College and Hospital here got worse after they were given injections on Friday.
Sources said patients with cerebral malaria, fever and strokes in the medical ward were given routine injections like ceftriaxone and rabeprazole in the morning. They started shaking with fever and many saw their oxygen levels drop, the sources said.
Relatives of the patients informed the doctors on duty and the patients received additional treatment and oxygen support. hospital superintendent Santosh Kumar Mishra said all the patients were stable after being treated. He visited the ward and interacted with the patients.
“We have decided not to use these injections from the same batch at this time. The samples of the injections will be sent for analysis to the laboratory. The expiration date for the injections was until 2024,” he said.
“We have requested a report from a professor of medicine on the incident. We will also form an expert committee with senior professors from relevant departments to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the incident after receiving the report” , he added.
He added that patients in other departments, however, did not complain of any adverse effects after receiving the same injections.