A private hospital in India’s Uttar Pradesh has been accused of giving malta juice instead of plasma to a dengue patient. The patient, identified as Pradeep Kumar, died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Prayagraj district, formerly known as Allahabad.

Deceased Pradeep Kumar’s family claims that he died due to malta juice drip instead of plasma. A video has surfaced on social media, where a person is seen saying that the packet of blood contains malta juice.

After this serious allegation surfaced, the chief health officer of Prayagraj district sealed the hospital. Patients undergoing treatment there have been shifted elsewhere. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

In a tweet, Brajesh Pathak said, ‘I have ordered the closure of Jhalwar Global Hospital in Prayagraj district after a video of them giving malta juice instead of plasma to treat dengue patients went viral. The plasma packet has been sent for testing. Strict action will be taken against the hospital if found guilty.’

Brajesh Pathak also told news agency ANI that a team headed by the Chief Health Officer has been formed and sent to the spot. They are supposed to report within a few hours.’

Deceased Pradeep Kumar was admitted to Global Hospital on October 17. He was being treated for dengue. But he died two days later. The relatives of the deceased claim that the color of plasma and malta juice is almost the same. Both are light yellow in color. Investigators are now looking into whether the plasma packets actually contained malta juice. If so, how did such a big mistake happen?

Inspector General of Police Rakesh Singh told news agency ANI, ‘A few suspects have been arrested in connection with giving fake plasma to dengue patients. However, it is still unclear whether the packet actually contained malta juice instead of plasma. But a few days ago we found a fake blood bank.’

Hospital owner Sourav Mishra told news agency PTI, ‘The patient’s platelet count had dropped to around 17,000. We asked his relatives to bring platelets. They brought five packets of platelets from SRN hospital and gave them to us. But when the platelets are given through drip, the patient’s body reacts. We immediately stopped the drip.’

“The platelets and where they were brought from, the investigation needs to be there,” he claimed. The SRN hospital sticker was affixed on that packet.’ However, SRN Hospital has not yet informed about the matter.

(22 October/AJ)