The children admitted for treatment of Pneumonia and other infections started vomiting and complained of cold and suffered difficulties in breathing as soon as they were injected with an evening dose.
Chief Medical Officer of Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Nitin Mokashi, said all children were stable now.
"15 to 18 children suffered a reaction. It is known as pyogenic reaction and it can take place with any medicine or syringe. It is a simple reaction and it took place after the kids were given their evening dose. We immediately gave injections to control that reaction and all kids are normal now," said Mokashi.
He also said that the samples of the drug have been sent to the laboratory to ascertain the cause of the reaction.
The instant reaction worried parents.
"He started vomiting and had trouble in breathing. He felt cold, became still and just closed his eyes. Yes, this happened after he was injected. It happened to all kids in the ward," said mother of a child admitted in the hospital.
Meanwhile, a doctor, Mohamad Siddiqui, blamed the hospital for carelessness.
"Reaction can happen with any injection, but that is not the issue. The problem is that such a reaction can't take place with 18 kids altogether. Whatever anti-biotic injection they gave to kids, if the nurse injects the first kid and moves on to the other after 10 minutes, it must take around 30-45 minutes to inject all kids. And the injections directly in the nerves react immediately. The result comes out in hardly two to five minutes. Did she realize what happened to the first kid after injecting all others? Reaction started with the first kid, if she had paid attention to him, all other 17 kids would have been saved," said Siddiqui.
None of the children have been reported to be in a serious condition as an anti-doze was immediately injected to all of them.