The family of 47-year-old Saira Shaikh, who died on August 19 after being given a dose of an antibiotic concoction at a civic hospital, approached Mayor Sunil Prabhu and Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte Monday for compensation on humanitarian grounds. A letter was also sent to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for the same.
The family has now requested the BMC to provide a job in one of its hospitals to Shaikh’s younger daughter Saina Shaikh, who is a nursing graduate. While the mayor has assured help to the family, civic officials said the chemical analysis report of Shaikh was still awaited for ascertaining the actual cause of death before a final decision could be taken on the request.
The autopsy report from J J hospital did not indicate the cause of death and stated that further tests were needed to establish the same.
On August 18, two antibiotics were were mixed together and administered to 28 female patients and four male patients at the Kurla Bhabha hospital. Half-an-hour after receiving the injections, all the female patients complained of body pain, nausea, cold and vomiting.
Shaikh, who was shifted to KEM hospital’s ICU, died a day later after her condition worsened.
“My wife was declared fit for discharge when the incident happened. After the antibiotics were administered, her condition worsened,” the woman’s husband, Noor Mohammad Shaikh, said. According to Dr Suhasini Nagda, director medical education and major hospitals in BMC, the patient was also suffering from dengue which might have lowered her immunity.
Sanjay Deshmukh, additional municipal commissioner, said, “It has yet not been established whether her death was caused by the drug reaction. If it is proved, the company will be held accountable. Some action will definitely be taken then.”