New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday sacked three doctors from the Mohalla Clinic after a central government report mentioned that a drug prescribed by doctors killed three children while 13 others were hospitalized.
“The Delhi government has taken strict action following the unfortunate deaths of three children at Kalawati Saran Hospital in Delhi. The Delhi government has cut the services of three doctors and ordered an investigation into the matter. Apart from this, the Delhi government also wrote a letter to the Delhi Medical Council to investigate and report immediately, ”a state government statement said.
“Along with this, the Delhi government has also established a committee of inquiry under the leadership of CDMO, Dr Geeta. The committee was instructed to submit its report within seven days, ”he added.
CDMO Dr Geeta will be the chair of this committee, while ACDMO Nodal Officer Dr Anjum Bhutia, Indu Sarna (ACDMO), MO CPA Anshul Moudgil have been appointed committee members, the statement added.
On December 7, Dr Sunil Kumar of the General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS), under the Union Ministry of Health, called on the Delhi government in a letter to issue notices banning doctors from these clinics to prescribe the drug dextromethorphan.
His letter was prompted by 16 cases of suspected dextromethorphan poisoning at Kalawati Saran Hospital at Lady Hardinge Medical College, run by the center.
Dr Kumar wrote in his letter that doctors at Mohalla clinics irrationally prescribed dextromethorphan to these children and that was the cause of their death.
The DGHS had noted that “the drug is strictly not recommended for children of pediatric age, according to the letter.