Not ‘mosambi’ juice but ‘poorly-preserved’ platelets transfused to Dengue patient, claims Prayagraj DM


Days after the family of a dengue patient who died at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh alleged that he died because he was given ‘mosambi juice’ instead of blood platelets, a senior government official on Wednesday denied the claim.

According to a report by NDTV, Prayagraj District Magistrate Sanjay Khatri has said they had found that the patient had been given a packet of ‘poorly preserved’ platelets. He also informed that a three-member team formed to probe the incident found that the patient was given poorly preserved platelets and action will be taken accordingly.

In the meanwhile, the Prayagraj civic body has started the process to demolish the private hospital that has been sealed for allegedly transfusing ‘fruit juice’ instead of ‘blood platelets’ to a dengue patient.

While the incident came to light on October 20, the notice stating that the hospital building was unauthorised was issued to Malti Devi, owner of Global Hospital at Jhalwa in Dhoomanganj, a day earlier.

The notice from the Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) asked the owners to vacate the building by the morning of October 28. The October 19 notice stated that show-cause notices were issued to the hospital owners to earlier to put forth their views. Since no one came to the hearing, the demolition order was issued, it stated.

The district administration swung into action after a video claiming that fruit juice was transfused to the patient instead of platelets went viral on social media. The hospital was sealed on October 20 on the direction of UP Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak.

According to officials, the patient, Pradeep Pandey, was shifted to another hospital, where he died after his condition deteriorated. Earlier, the owner of the private hospital claimed that the platelets were brought from a different medical facility and the patient had a reaction after three units were transfused. The patient’s kin had alleged that the hospital intravenously gave him sweet lime juice instead of platelets, due to which he died.

In a tweet, Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak had said, “Taking cognisance of the viral video at the hospital where a dengue patient was transfused with mosambi juice instead of platelets, on my directive the hospital was sealed and the platelet packets have been sent for testing.”

On the other hand, the hospital in question has refuted the allegations saying the platelets were procured by the relatives of the patients themselves. The owner of the hospital, said that the patient’s platelets level dropped to 17,000, following which his relatives were asked to arrange blood platelets, reports NDTV.

“They brought five units of platelets from a government hospital. After transfusion of three units, the patient had a reaction. So we stopped it,” the hospital owner said in a statement, adding that he also supports an investigation.

The hospital owner, in a statement, claimed that the patient’s relatives had brought five units of platelets from a government hospital and after transfusion of three units, the patient had a reaction following which they stopped the transfusion. He also welcomed a probe into the matter.

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