BHU hospital: Industrial gases used for anaesthesia, says investigation report

VARANASI: An inquiry team of the Centre and UP government, inquiring an strangely high number of deaths within three days in the surgery ward of a hospital emotionally involved to the controversy-hit Banaras Hindu University, has found to facilitate industrial-grade gas, not allowed in medicine, was being used for administering anaesthesia to patients undergoing surgery.

At least 14 surgery patients had lost their battle with lives between June 6 and 8 this year at BHU's Sundar Lal Hospital, without delay the Allahabad high court to order a investigation.

"It has been come from probe that nitrous oxide of non-pharmacopoeial grade was being used at this hospital. This gas doesn't come up to under the category of allowed drugs," said the UP Food Safety and Drug Administration's investigation report dated July 18,  Whether the use of industrial-grade nitrous oxide (N2O) was directly accountable for the many deaths in the hospital is still under investigation, officials said.

The report further  said Parerhat Industrial Enterprises, an Allahabad-based private firm which was supplying the nitrous oxide, did not have any  authentic license to produce or sell any medical gas.

The firm's leader, Ashok Kumar Bajpai, is the father of BJP's Allahabad North MLA Harshvardhan Bajpai, who has Rs 1.21 crore in shares in Parerhat Industrial Enterprises.

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