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Nurse suspended for malpractice that left 18 paralysed

17 July 2015, 08:04 Jane Zack

Busia - Busia County government has suspended a nurse at Akichelesit dispensary in Teso North and two others summoned following an incident where 18 children (11 males and 8 females) got paralyzed after an injection at the facility.

"The nurse who had been deployed to the injection room has been suspended from duty until investigation is complete," said County executive member for Health, Doctor Morris Siminyu.

Dr Siminyu stated that medical malpractices may have played out since the drugs were confirmed not to have expired.

The executive member said samples of the drugs have been taken to KEMSA, their main agency in the supply of drugs for analysis so as to rule out the possibility of the drugs having caused the injury.

Siminyu added, "We are narrowing down on two possibilities on whether the nurse injected at the wrong side or irritation to the nerve could have result from the drugs which were administered.

He went on: "The drugs which have been used for injection have been withdrawn for analysis."

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The CEC confirmed to journalists on Thursday afternoon that the children suffered from a condition called sciatica, an injury on scietic nerve which affects movement and sensation of the lower limbs.

"All the patients confirmed they were injected on the side where the paralysis had eventually resulted," he said adding that the children were aged between 4 and 11 years.

Drugs administered according to records were Quinine, Diclofenac and Plasim. Dr Siminyu said the duration over which these injuries are said to have been sustained was between March this year to date, adding that they were injected to different children at different times.

He further observed that 13 of the children had paralysis of the right lower limbs while five children had paralysis of the left lower limbs.

"Two of the children had what we called foot drop," he said.

Siminyu revealed that they have prepared ankle foot Orthorisis to support the two children with foot drop so they stop dragging their feet while walking, adding that the County government has taken upon the responsibility of all children who were affected until they get well.

"Physiotherapy is the treatment of choice in cases of paralysis and the County government has sent physiotherapists to the facility with necessary equipment to attend to the patients until they are able to walk," he observed, adding that most conditions are treatable.

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