UP hospital’s platelets row ‘illegal’; likely to be razed

The city government of Prayagraj has issued a “bulldozer notice” to the hospital there for reportedly transfusing fruit juice instead of platelets to a dengue patient. Due to the platelets conflict, the hospital was locked down last week.

Prayagraj Development Authority has issued a notice to the private hospital in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, that came under fire for reportedly giving ‘fruit juice’ to a dengue patient who later died. According Indian news agency ANI, the authority has instructed the hospital administration to evacuate the premises by October 28. As things are, the hospital will probably be demolished.

The hospital reportedly did not respond to earlier notices provided to it regarding the illegality of the development. The city council has threatened to demolish the hospital if the hospital administration does not provide an acceptable explanation for the delay.

The hospital was closed after allegations were made by the family of dengue patient Pradeep Pandey, 30, that he was given mosambi juice instead of platelets. Due to his deteriorating health, he was transferred to a different facility, where he ultimately passed away. There was a viral video of the purported incident. District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Khatri, however, insisted that the package of platelets did not include any fruit juice.

Since the hospital does not have the equipment to test platelets, hospital officials claimed that the patient’s caregivers brought them. “We can’t validate the platelets’ authenticity by testing them. The platelets the volunteers supply are not screened in any way. If the attendants accidentally retrieve the wrong platelets, how will the hospital be held accountable? It should be up to the attendants to verify the tickets’ legitimacy “CEO of a medical centre Saurabh Mishra made this statement.

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