Public health: Operation theatre, pharmacy sealed

Vet anaesthetic, expired drip and unsterilised cotton seized during raid.


Kashif Zafar October 13, 2012

BAHAWALPUR:


The operation theatre and pharmacy of a private hospital were sealed late on Friday night by a Health Department team.


Officials said expired medicines and veterinary medicines were seized during the raid at Nawaal Medicare in Model Town’s A-block. The medicines seized will be sent to a laboratory in Multan for testing.

On Friday night, Assistant Commissioner Captain (retired) Khalid Mehmood, District Health Officer Dr Saeed Asghar and Drug Inspector Naveed Aslam raided the private hospital. The team said they had found a large cache of a veterinary anaesthetic in the operation theatre.

“The medicine packs clearly said they were only to be used on animals,” said Asghar. He said that the cotton being used in the theatre was unsterilised.

The team also seized an expired drip that was being administered to a woman under treatment at a VIP room.

Mohammad Noor, the attendant with the patient, said that he had pointed out to the doctor on call, Dr Ishrat Mustafa, that the drip was apparently expired.

“She told me that a drip could be used up to six months after the notified expiry date and did not remove the drip,” Noor told The Express Tribune.  

Dr Ishrat Mustafa is the wife of the hospital owner, Dr Mohammad Mustafa.

When the team asked Dr Mohammad Mustafa about the veterinary anaesthetic, he admitted to using it on his patients.

He, however, declined further comment.

The raiding team has registered an FIR against Dr Mohammad Mustafa at the Cantonment police station under Section 23 (manufacture, sale or use of dugs that are spurious, substandard, expired or dangerous) and Section 27 (punishment with a prison term not less than three years or more than 10 years and fine which may extend to Rs100,000) of the Drug Act 1976.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2012.

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