Man dies after antibiotic injection in Quang Ngai Province

The Department of Health in Quang Ngai Province on December 7 questioned the Health Center in Ba To District about the circumstances that led to the death of Ho Xuan Khoat after an antibiotic injection administered at the General Clinic in Ba Vi Commune.

Dang Thi Phuong, Director of the Health Center in Ba To District, said the clinic’s medical workers had performed the correct procedures of the injection administered on 49-year-old Ho Xuan Khoat. However, his cause of death is being identified due to anaphylactic shock.

In a meeting with the Department of Health, Nurse Le Van Hanh, who administered the antibiotic shot to Ho Xuan Khoat, said he was hospitalized at 8am on December 6 and after doctors examined him and prescribed the drug, Hanh injected him with Ceftazideme in the vein and asked him to stay in the hospital; however, Khoat left the clinic of his own accord.

At 8.30pm on the same day, Khoat’s relative brought him to the clinic as he suffered from some strange symptoms. Medical workers at the clinic gave emergency treatment but he died 30 minutes later.

Nguyen Tan Duc, Head of the Department of Health in Quang Ngai Province, said an individual has to explain in a written form when a patient is released from the clinic to return to his home. The Health Center must issue harsh penalties on those responsible.

By Ha Minh – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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