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Controversy on Nurse’s death
Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 27:
Published on 28 Aug. 2009 1:04 AM IST
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The death of a nurse in Meghalaya has mired into a controversy after she was administered with heady dose of Tamiflu, even as hospital authorities absolved themselves of any error in treatment leading to her death. Mary Lyngdoh, a staff nurse of Shillong Civil Hospital died in the isolation ward of the hospital after she was administered the cocktail of drugs by the hospital authorities and the delay in receiving the test result. Lyngdoh was admitted to the hospital isolation ward from August 18 on suspicion of contracting H1N1 virus. On August 19, her blood test revealed she was suffering from Typhoid and accordingly she was being treated. However, hospital authorities also sent her swab samples to National Institute for Cholera and Enteric Disease (NICED), Kolkata on August 19. Two days later, with her condition not improving the doctors prescribed Tami flu. The inadvertent dispatch of Lyngdoh’s medical report from NICED, Kolkata to a hospital in Kohima, Nagaland by a private-run courier service further created unnecessary delay. However, swab samples of Lyngdoh which reached NICED returned here on August 25 tested negative for the H1N1 virus. Meghalaya minister in-charge health, Mukul Sangma has been requesting the centre to set up a testing lab in the northeast instead of sending samples to Kolkata. “Anyone can be given Tamiflu. We have administered her as per central government guidelines,” Surgeon Superintendent of Shillong Civil Hospital, Dr AK Das said. Veering off from the question when asked whether the nurse died due over dose of Tamiflu, the Surgeon Superintendent said specialists were consulted to administer Tamiflu on Lyngdoh after her condition did not show any signs of improvement before we received the test result. When contacted, Dr AMR Diengdoh who allegedly prescribed the Tamiflu on Lyngdoh refused to speak, but said he had sent his report to the office of director of health services. Meghalaya so far has sent swab samples of 32 suspected cases. Six so far has tested positive; result of three samples is being awaited, while the others tested negative.

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