5 December 2022

Raipur : A two-year-old girl in Chhattisgarh’s Balrampur district died late Tuesday night after she was allegedly administered an injection by a medical store assistant as she was suffering from a cold, cough, and fever.

Police have booked the shopkeeper and the assistant, both of whom are absconding. The incident happened in Kusmi town, around 75km from Balrampur district headquarters and close to the Jharkhand border.

Balrampur chief medical health officer Dr. Basant Singh the child was suffering from a cold and cough since October 15. The family took her to a local medical store on the afternoon of October 17. There, a shopkeeper named Seraj gave the toddler two injections to treat her, said the family.

the medical store assistant
the medical store assistant

As soon as she was injected, blood started gushing out of her nose and mouth. Her family was horrified. Frightened, the medical assistant arranged for a vehicle and asked them to take the child to Ambikapur, around 95km away. The child’s health worsened rapidly and she died on the way.

When they reached Ambikapur Medical College, doctors declared her dead on arrival. Her body was kept in the mortuary and sent for autopsy on Tuesday. The Medical College Hospital police outpost registered a case and recorded the statements of the child’s family members. Her father, Manohar Ram, alleged that the child died due to the wrong injections. On Wednesday, police went to the pharmaceutical shop and found it shut and the shopkeeper absconding.

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