Needle in infant’s thigh: health officials to probe

Following a complaint that a broken piece of a needle used for vaccination was stuck in the thigh of a newborn at the Government Hospital in Mettupalayam, health officials said they would visit the hospital on Thursday for investigation.

The baby boy born at the government hospital on August 20 was vaccinated by a nurse the next day. On September 8, the family members found a broken piece of the needle protruding from the child’s thigh, following which they rushed to the hospital and got the needle extracted.

P. Krishna, Joint Director of Health Services (Coimbatore District), Health and Family Welfare Department, told The Hindu that health officials would visit the hospital along with a team of paediatricians to investigate the issue. The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has also sought a report on the incident, Dr. Krishna said. “We will prepare the report and submit [to SHRC] based on the inquiry,” she said. The child could have been administered Hepatitis B vaccine, which is normally done within 24 hours of birth, Dr. Krishna said.

K.P. Rahman, a lawyer and an activist based in Mettupalayam, said he would lodge a complaint with the Mettupalayam police.

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