An Army nurse yesterday alleged that the Army General Hospital is injecting battle casualties and post-surgery patients with expired antibiotics.Typical reaction by GMA's military -- punish the whistleblowers aka Acsa Ramirez and Carlos Saunar, and sweep the scandal under the rug.
Malacañang said the defense department should do the investigation.
Myrna David, a former staffer at the Army hospital, told Radio Mindanao Network that she found out about the practice when she saw at the end of March a box of antibiotics with an expiry date of Jan. 30.
David said she refused to use the drug for fear of adverse reactions from her patients but she was told that the same supply was also being used in other wards.
She said she and 10 other nurses came forward as witnesses when they heard that anonymous letters protesting the practice had been sent to then Armed Forces chief Gen. Narciso Abaya.
She said when they brought the case before the Office of the Inspector General, their commanding officer, Col. William Yu, was relieved.
But she said and her fellow whistle-blowers were also penalized by being placed on floating status or reassigned. She said she is now assigned to the Office of the Army Chief Nurse.
She said Yu has filed a libel case against her and her 10 others before the Quezon City regional trial court.
She alleged that then Army chief Lt. Gen. Efren Abu, who is now AFP chief of staff, brushed off their complaints, saying the Army leadership had more important issues to tackle.