6 tocilizumab vials stolen from Rajindra Hospital

Case registered against unidentified persons

6 tocilizumab vials stolen from Rajindra Hospital

A healthcare worker administers the Covid-19 vaccine to a young beneficiary at Government Mata Kaushalya Hospital in Patiala on Friday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 14

Six vials of immunosuppressive drug tocilizumab, which is used in the treatment of Covid-19, have been allegedly stolen from the isolation wing of the Government Rajindra Hospital here.

Role of insider?

  • Surbhi Malik, in-charge, Covid ward at Rajindra Hospital, said: “Too early to make any conjecture. It is a serious issue and is being taken as such. Though investigation will be conducted by the police, our committee will also look into the matter.”
  • A tocilizumab vial costs around Rs30,000. However, there were reports that the injection was sold for over Rs1 lakh on the black market.

The hospital authorities have reported the incident to the police.

We have received a complaint from the hospital and have lodged an FIR against unidentified persons under Section 380 of the IPC, said the police.

Surbhi Malik, in-charge, Covid ward at Rajindra Hospital, said they had also set up a committee for an internal inquiry.

Notably, outsiders are not allowed inside the isolation ward and there is police presence outside the wing where the theft occurred. Moreover, CCTV cameras are in place inside the building.

Asked about the role of any insider, Surbhi Malik said, “Too early to make any conjecture. It is a serious issue and is being taken as such. Though, investigation will be conducted by the police, our committee will also look into the matter.”

A tocilizumab vial costs around Rs30,000. However, there were reports that the injection was sold for over Rs 1 lakh on the black market.

Earlier, attendants of positive patients kept at the isolation ward of Rajindra Hospital had alleged that valuable items of their patients had been stolen.

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