A shocking incident in which part of a needle from an injection was allegedly left behind in an infant’s thigh, has come to light from Mettupalayam near Coimbatore.
26-year-old Malarvizhi was taken to the Mettupalayam Government Hospital on August 19 after she began experiencing labour pains. She underwent a cesarean section the next day, August 20, and gave birth to a boy. The baby was allegedly given a Hepatitis B vaccine on August 21. Malarvizhi and the baby were discharged from the hospital on August 31.
“After we came back home, we must have bathed the baby around three to four times. Earlier this week, when my mother-in-law was giving him a bath, she scratched her hand on something in the baby’s right thigh and began bleeding. Upon closer look, she noticed a small, silver needle sticking out and used her nails to pull it out. It was about 1 inch deep in the skin and seemed to be the needle which was used to vaccinate the child,” said Malarvizhi’s husband, Prabhakar.
According to Prabhakar they approached the hospital administration the following day on September 9, to raise the issue.
“They told us that it was not the doctor’s fault and that the nurse who administered the injection was at fault. But they kept giving excuses and told us that she was not in town and that action would be taken,” he added. The baby was admitted to the hospital for observation as a precautionary measure and is yet to be discharged. The child is stable.
Prabhakar has lodged a complaint with the Mettupalayam police stating that the hospital has not yet taken action against those responsible.
“The main issue that has been highlighted in the man’s complaint is that there has been no action taken by the hospital yet. We have not filed an FIR but we have made a noting in the Community Service Register (CSR),” said an official from the Mettupalayam police department.
Mettupalayam GH chief medical officer Ilanchezhian told ToI that a probe will be conducted.