Given ‘expired medicine’ at DU health centre, woman taken ill

As a proof, a photocopy of the cover of the medicine, which shows the expiry date, has been sent to the V-C.

Written by Shradha Chettri | New Delhi | Published: October 18, 2017 3:38 am

The non-teaching staff at Delhi University has complained to the Vice-Chancellor that the institute’s health centre in North Campus gave an expired medicine to a patient, who fell ill after consuming it. Sources said, a woman staff working in the university, visited the health centre on October 4 for a check-up, and the doctor prescribed her two medicines. One of the medicines, “Rabitop”, had expired in April 2017 but anyway handed over to her.

“By taking this medicine, the condition of the patient worsened. Due to this, the patient had to approach Nulife hospital,” read the letter addressed to the V-C, Yogesh Tyagi, on October 5.

As a proof, a photocopy of the cover of the medicine, which shows the expiry date, has been sent to the V-C.
Delhi University and College Karmachari Union (DUCKU) claimed the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at the the health centre asked the said patient to remain quiet. “He casually told her that keep quiet and get the medicine changed from the counter,” said SC Joshi, DUCKU general secretary.

The CMO of the health centre, Sunil, however, denied the allegations. “I have not received any such complaint. In fact, I remain on my toes 24×7 and personally check everything,” he said.

DUCKU has requested the V-C to take action against the health centre, alleging that such carelessness could endanger the lives of those availing benefits from the centre.

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