‘Mentally-retarded’ woman administers injections to patients in Odisha hospital

Sambalpur: In a bizarre incident, a ‘mentally-retarded’ woman was arrested by the police today for administering injections to patients at the Sambalpur District Headquarters Hospital.

As per allegations, the woman, identified as Lili Jala of AN Guha Lane of Sambalpur town had entered the hospital late night on January 19 and administered injections to more than five patients at random.

Sources said the woman is mentally-retarded and prior to entering the hospital, had a quarrel with family members. Surprisingly, the woman entered into a ward of the hospital and finding no authorities present, she went ahead and administered injections to the patients. Later the woman disappeared from the hospital after one of the patients questioned her about the injections.

After the matter came to fore, hospital authorities suspended nurse Rajani Sahu, who was on the duty on January 19. Besides, the security guard deployed at the male ward of the hospital has also been suspended and a notice has been issued to the private agency providing security services at the hospital.

“I came to know that the woman (Lili) administered injections to some patients. We have already constituted an inquiry team and action will be taken after a probe,” said KK Gupta, CDMO of Sambalpur.
Meanwhile, Police have arrested the woman and forwarded her to court.

“After examining the CCTV footage, we arrested the woman, who was missing since the incident. A case has been registered on the basis of a complaint filed by the CDMO. She is a mentally retarded woman and had administered injections to some patients at the hospital. Preliminary investigation reveals that some of the injections were vitamins,” stated Bhawani Shankar Udgata, Sambalpur SDPO.