Raipur, Nov 23: Weeks after the horrible case of sterlisation death, medical report on Sunday, Nov 23 confirmed the use of sub-standard medicines and the presence of zinc phosphide used as rat poison in the Ciprocin-500 tablets allegedly given to the victims in the tragedy.
Speaking about the report, State Health Minister Amar Agrawal was quoted as saying, "The drug report confirms the presence of poisonous substances, which also includes zinc phosphide. We have handed over the report to the police and they have to investigate now."
At least 13 women died following botched sterilisation surgeries in Bilaspur. Over 130 women had fallen ill after the surgeries which took place at two separate government medical camps.
The State Health Minister assured that government would take further action in the case as soon as it receives the judicial probe report. The minister also said, "It is shocking to find the presence of poisonous substances in our medicines. It is a challenge for the country."
Following a complaint by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials, the police had arrested the director of Mahawar Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, a drug company, on charges of cheating under section 420. The spurious medicines, given to the women who had undergone the sterilisation surgeries, were allegedly supplied by the drug company.
Meanwhile, the sale and supply of products of the company across the state have been suspended by the FDA and directives were issued to chemists and drug suppliers in this connection.
Dr RK Gupta, the in-charge of the medical camp at Pendhari, was also arrested by the police on charges of medical negligence and unintentional murder.