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Updated: August 23, 2010 00:19 IST

Health Ministry sends team to probe vaccination deaths

Aarti Dhar
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Relatives mourn the death of an infant, who died allegedly after being administered vaccines, in the outskirts of Lucknow on Saturday.
Relatives mourn the death of an infant, who died allegedly after being administered vaccines, in the outskirts of Lucknow on Saturday.

The Centre has sent a two-member team to Lucknow to probe the deaths of four infants after they were administered anti-measles vaccination at an immunisation camp in the Mohanlal Ganj area.

“Most stringent action will be taken against those found guilty,” Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Sunday. The team is expected to submit a preliminary report the same day.

The deaths took place on Saturday, following which the immunisation drive was suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government and a departmental enquiry ordered.

The Central team will ascertain whether the vaccines were spurious, expired or whether there were procedural lapses, either while administering the shots or in maintaining the cold chain. A magisterial probe is also on.

The State government announced a compensation of Rs. 50,000 each to the families of the infants killed.

The shots were given by the Auxiliary Nurse-Midwives (ANM).

The team will investigate whether the ANMs in this case were trained to do so, since anti-measles vaccination is administered only to children over nine months old. The dead infants were less than four months old. Within minutes of being given the shots, the children became breathless, started sweating and their pulse rate dropped.

They died before medical help arrived.

The three ANMs, the medical officer and the person in-charge of maintaining the cold chain have already been placed under suspension.

The shots were combination vaccines for measles, BCG and Hepatitis-B, administered under the universal immunisation programme.

the govt and the other ngo"s should take necessary steps to educate the peopleabout the vaccination.and the time of vaccination

from:  prakash
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 10:11 IST

The govt in delhi is playing politics by placing the error on ANMs and cold chain. Measles death have occured in tamilnadu, MP and penta deaths in sri lanka. the process of manufacturing of vaccine esp measles should also be brought under investigation

from:  dr mz hasan
Posted on: Aug 23, 2010 at 22:53 IST

The Govt. should take necessary measures to prevent such deaths as no life can be compensated in terms of money, or placing people under suspension (which is later on revoked) rather proper training of such activists/workers and proper monitoring with all necessary emergency measures stationed at such booths......

from:  Prince Lenin
Posted on: Aug 22, 2010 at 23:09 IST
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