Srinagar: Authorities at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, have ordered a high-level inquiry following complaints that patients were being given outdated Dextrose Normal Saline (DNS).
Director SKIMS Dr AG Ahangar told Kashmir Reader that he had suspended all “officials responsible” and ordered an inquiry into the complaints lodged by a patient’s attendants last week.
“I have suspended all the officials responsible for supply of expired drugs to the wards. Inquiry has also been ordered to ascertain the course of purchasing and supply of expired drugs. The supply under question was ordered in 2014 and 2015,” he said. However, he didn’t reveal details of the order and the suspended officials.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that four patients had been given expired DNS in Ward 3-A, which is under the Department of Gastroenterology.
“One of the patients developed side-effects due to the expired DNS, which led to protest by his attendants,” they said.
The sources said that six employees were suspended soon after the incident. They include a chief pharmacist, three pharmacists, a ward nurse, and the store keeper.
The incident has happened only months after an investigation was ordered into the sale of expired surgical items at SKIMS pharmacy, following which the chief pharmacist was suspended. However, she was later reinstated early this year.
The issue of the sale of expired surgical items at SKIMS came to the fore last year after a woman died at the hospital, allegedly after using expired surgical bands on her surgical wounds. The victim’s family filed a police case against the SKIMS authorities.
According to the SKIMS Director, the inquiry will end in a week. “Further action will be taken after the inquiry report comes in, which will be made public,” he said.