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Feb 25, 2011 at 11:58am IST

Jodhpur: toxic drip kills 12 pregnant women

Jaipur: In a shocking incident, twelve pregnant women have died at a government hospital in Jodhpur over the last ten days after being administered contaminated glucose. Four others are battling for their life. The government has sued the drug company.

22 year old Bhawna is battling for her life after she was given contaminated glucose at Jodhpur's Umaid Hospital. Three others like her were also administered the deadly dose. All of them are now on ventilator support. In all, 12 pregnant women have died of excessive bleeding in the last ten days at the same government hospital, all for the same reason. Bhawna's family is hoping doctors will save her.

Protests broke out outside the hospital forcing the government to take action. It has now registered an FIR against the drug company Parental Surgical India Private Limited. The MP-based company had allegedly supplied the contaminated IV fluid to the Jodhpur hospital. It is the same hospital which was in news last year for giving infected blood to thalassemic patients.

“We have registered an FIR and sent the samples to a lab in Kolkata. We are waiting for the reports after which we will also go to the court,” said Aimuddin Ahmed Khan, Rajasthan Health Minister, Jaipur.

The government has also issued an alert to all hospitals using the infected IV fluid and ordered an enquiry.

Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, said in Jaipur: “We're getting the entire matter looked into. A probe has been commissioned. Strict action will be taken against those guilty.”

But that's little consolation for either the families of the 12 pregnant women in Jodhpur who've died over the last ten days or those of the four who're battling for their lives on ventilators.

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