PARENTS of a month-old boy filed a complaint before the Department of Health (DOH) 7 against a private hospital in Cebu City whose nurse allegedly gave them two boxes of expired ointment.

The baby’s mother said her child suffered rashes in the neck and face after she applied the ointment from the Visayas Community Medical Center (VCMC).

The child was a week old.

The baby’s parents said that they discovered later that the ointments’ expiry dates were October 2013 and February 2015.

Dr. Lakshmi Legaspi, DOH 7 assistant director, said they will investigate the incident and ask the hospital administration to take action.

Food and Drugs Administration Officer-in-Charge Sarah Oriol said expired medicines should not be given to patients.

Evalour Medrano, VCMC nursing department director, refused to give a statement to Sun.Star Cebu, saying she was not designated to speak on the matter.

Sun.Star Cebu visited the office of VCMC Director Dr. Eli Belarmino yesterday morning, but he was not around.

The baby’s mother and her live-in partner handed a complaint letter to Jasper Dublin, Belarmino’s secretary.

Dublin told Sun.Star Cebu over the phone that Belarmino accepted the letter and talked with the couple.

After giving birth last June, Pia (not her real name) said a nurse gave her a hygiene kit, which included the ointments.

She said that she showed the expired ointments to the nurse assigned to the VCMC nursery. “Ang ilang gitubag nga wala nila mabantayan kay na-busy sila (They said they did not notice the expiry because they were busy),” she added.