12-YO boy ‘mistakenly’ injected anti-rabies instead of TT in Odisha hospital

Nilagiri (Balasore): Tension gripped Nilagiri Sub-Divisional Hospital in Balasore district over administration of a wrong injection to a minor boy here today.

According to reports, Ganeswar Sethi, a resident of Chhota Kanpur village in Baunsabania GP under Nilagiri police limits, had visited the state-run hospital on Friday morning after his 12-year-old son suffered a minor injury on his hand on Thursday night.

However, the patient was reportedly given an anti-rabies injection instead of a tetanus jab.

Sources said that the patient’s father consulted a doctor at the hospital, but a pharmacist inadvertently administered an anti-rabies injection to the minor boy. When the former was instructed that his son will be given two more shots later, he enquired at the hospital and came to know that the injection administered to his son was for dog bite.

After realising ‘blunder’ committed by the healthcare worker, who had administered the anti-rabies injection instead of tetanus, took away the prescription for TT injection from the patient’s father and gave him a new prescription. This incident triggered tension at the hospital for some hours.

Normalcy returned to the hospital after a paediatrician assured the irate father and other visitors that there will be no side-effect of anti-rabies injection on the patient.

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