Tirupati: Eleven out of 200 children who were administered antibiotic IV injections at Ruia hospital on Thursday developed adverse reactions and had to be shifted to the ICU. Junior doctors are on strike at the hospital.
Their condition is stated to be stable. There are more than 300 children patients in the hospital. The doctors have stopped using the injections.
Health minister Kamineni Srinivas spoke with hospital superintendent Sidda Nayak and ordered an inquiry.
Speaking to DC over the phone, Dr Nayak said, “We have stopped that particular batch and kept it away. Those medicines will be sent to the tests.”
A doctor, on condition of anonymity, said, “The IV injection should be given very slowly. Sometimes it reacts, if it is given to a patient in pace. As the junior doctors are on strike, nurses must have given the injections to the children. It may be one of the few reasons for it. We have observed reaction in only 11 out 200 children, if it was a problem in the medicine, then there would definitely be more than 11.”