Patient made to buy free injection in hospital

BALASORE: The district headquarters hospital is again in the news for wrong reasons.  A doctor in the Gynaecology department has been accused of asking an attendant to purchase an injecti

Published: 27th March 2012 05:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 09:46 PM   |  A+A-

BALASORE: The district headquarters hospital is again in the news for wrong reasons.  A doctor in the Gynaecology department has been accused of asking an attendant to purchase an injection, which is available in the hospital free of cost.

On Monday, the attendant brought the matter to the notice of the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), who in turn allegedly offered him Rs 1,000 and asked to keep quiet.

Sources said Yamuna Padhiary (20) of Baulagadia village had a Caesarean section three days back and gave birth to a girl child. As the Rh factor of both the mother and baby did not match, as a preventative measure the attending doctor on Sunday prescribed an Anti Rho-D immunoglobulin injection - Rhoclone, which costs

` 2,950.

Though there is a provision to give the medicines and injections free of cost in the hospital, quoting the doctor, a nurse compelled the woman’s father Brundaban Parida to purchase it from the local medicine store. “I had only ` 1,500 and I had to mortgage my mobile phone at the medicine store to purchase the injection,” he said.

When on Monday, Parida learnt that the injection should be provided by the hospital, he approached CDMO B M Satpathy. “The CDMO said the doctor might have wrongly prescribed to purchase it from the market without verifying the stock and offered ` 1,000,” he said.

On the other hand, the CDMO said he had asked the ADMO (medical) to inquire into the incident. “We are verifying whether the injection was in stock that time,” he said.

The CDMO, however, denied having offered Parida any money. “If found guilty, stringent action will be initiated against the doctor,” he added.

The incident comes days after a patient was injured when the wing of ceiling fan fell off in the female ward.

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