The probe into the death of 47-year-old Saira Shaikh, a day after she was administered an antibiotic concoction, along with 27 other women who also suffered reactions due to the drug, revealed that the patient was also suffering from dengue, which might have resulted in low immunity and harsher reactions to the drugs.
On Friday, Dr Suhasini Nagda, director of medical education and major hospitals in the civic body, told Newsline, “A committee set up to investigate the incident said she had contracted dengue. The blood samples confirmed the virus.” On August 18 night, two drugs were mixed and administered to 28 women and four men in the medicine ward of Kurla Bhabha hospital. Half an hour later, the women complained of body pain, nausea and cold.
The Mahabaleshwar resident became unconscious and was rushed to KEM hospital’s intensive care unit for stabilisation. After spending a day on ventilator, she passed away late on Tuesday night.
According to her relative Arif Shaikh, she was admitted in Kurla Bhabha on August 17 for treatment of fever. However, on Friday, the blood samples confirmed that she was suffering from dengue. Dr Vidya Thakur, who is probing the incident, said, “We are recording statements of all staffers. We have not reached a conclusion on how it affected only women.”
The civic-run Rajawadi hospital was in for a scare late Thursday night after 10 women patients complained of chills following an injection of antibiotics. All the patients were admitted to the hospital for treatment of fever.
According to medical superintendent Dr Vidya Thakur, following the antibiotic reaction incident in Kurla Bhabha hospital, the staff was cautious. “The patients are stable and have not shown any adverse sign,” Thakur said. While all patients received different antibiotics for their treatment, they simultaneously suffered chills for a short duration.
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