Indore: A five-year-old boy and an infant died after they were allegedly administered anaesthesia instead of oxygen at government-run Maharaja Yashwantrao Hospital in Indore.
While five-year-old Ayush died on May 27, the following day an infant Rajveer also breathed his last. Initially the hospital failed to determine the cause but a probe revealed that the pipeline that was supposed to supply oxygen to patients was carrying nitrous oxide, an anesthetic agent.
“Ayush died during Hernia surgery on May 27, while Rajveer (1) was being operated for a deformity on May 28, in the hospital’s recently inaugurated operation theatre,” Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital acting Superintendent Dr Sumit Shukla said.
The operation theatre, which was inaugurated on May 24, has been sealed, he said. A technician from a private company, Rajendra Choudhary, who was responsible for fitting the gas supply pipeline, has been booked for manslaughter.
Activist Chinmay Mishra of NGO Swasthya Adhikar Manch said it was baffling that the hospital management lodged FIR against Chaudhary, and not against the doctor and other staffers of the hospital. He also demanded the immediate suspension of the hospital superintendent.