Infant’s death sparks tension in hospital

Special Correspondent

SALEM: Tension prevailed in the Government Hospital at Jalakandapuram near here for nearly 30 minutes following the death of 7-month-old female child in an anganwadi centre at Karikkapatti on Sunday.

While the parents blamed it on the polio drops administered to the infant, the emergency postmortem report pointed to respiratory distress as the cause of death.

Deputy Director of Health Services Dr. J. Nirmalson told The Hindu: “Death due to drops is totally ruled out. However, we have sent the vital organs of the child to the Coimbatore Forensic Laboratory for further analysis.”

Dr. Nirmalson further pointed out that 16 other children who received drops from the same batch of vial, which Pavithra (the infant who died) received at the centre, were hale and healthy. “Even Pavithra’s elder sister who was administered the drops from the same vial is normal,” he said.

Collector J. Chandrakumar said nearly 4,000 children had received drops at the Nangavalli PHC, under which comes the Karikkapatti anganwadi centre, which administered drops to 56 children, including Pavithra.

In good health

“All other children are good in health. Police registered a case following Pavithra’s death and are investigating.”

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