Three doctors suspended in Jodhpur deaths

Rajasthan government has suspended three doctors of Umaid Hospital here after 18 women died after being allegedly administered infected intravenous fluid. Reports said on Thursday that three doctors have been placed under immediate suspension. Earlier, a drug inspector and an employee of the hospital were also suspended. At least 13 women had died after childbirth at the hospital in the last fortnight of February. Some of the infected women were shifted to MG Hospital in a critical state, where the total number of casualties have reached 18. Five of the babies delivered by the effected women were stillborn, while another was premature.
The central and state governments have instituted several inquiries into the deaths. The deaths had been caused by profuse bleeding allegedly due to administration of contaminated drip that led to serious post-delivery complications. The state government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased, besides blacklisting two pharmaceutical and surgical equipment firms. Criminal cases have been registered under the IPC Section 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) against Indore-based Parental Surgical India Private Limited and its local distributor for allegedly supplying contaminated IV fluid.