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Shocking! BHU Hospital Used Industrial Gas For Surgery Anaesthesia, Reveals Probe

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| October 5 , 2017 , 10:07 IST

The Banaras Hindu University which recently was the center of a controversy after police lathi-charged protesting students has landed itself in an even more disturbing controversy.

A joint probe by the Centre and UP government into the unusually high number of deaths at the hospital attached to BHU discovered that the hospital was using industrial-grade gas, which is not approved for medical use, for administering anaesthesia to patients undergoing surgery.  

Over a period of three days in June, 14 deaths took place in the surgical ward of the Sundar Lal Hospital of BHU, after which the Allahabad high court ordered a probe into the deaths.

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"It has been found that nitrous oxide of non-pharmacopoeial grade was being used at this hospital. This gas doesn't come under the category of allowed drugs," said the UP Food Safety and Drug Administration's probe report.

However, it is yet to be confirmed if the use of the industrial-grade nitrous oxide (N2O) was directly responsible for the deaths that took place, and the hospital is still under investigation.

According to reports, an Allahabad-based private firm 'Parerhat Industrial Enterprises' was the supplier for the nitrous oxide used at the hospital, but the firm itself did not have any license to produce or sell gases for medical use.

Meanwhile, BJP's Allahabad North MLA Harshvardhan Bajpai who owns shares worth Rs 1.21 crore in Parerhat Industrial Enterprises, dismissed the probe's findings. Admitting that the firm does not have the license to manufacture medical-grade N2O, Bajpai said that the same gas was supplied to other hospitals as well.

"The same gas is being supplied to hospitals at King George's Medical University in Lucknow and Motilal Nehru Medical College in Allahabad," Bajpai said.