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Two kids die after vaccine

Two children died in Muzaffarpur on Friday after allegedly being administered vaccination against measles at a primary health centre in the district, a claim denied by health officials.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 7.05.17
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Two children died in Muzaffarpur on Friday after allegedly being administered vaccination against measles at a primary health centre in the district, a claim denied by health officials.

Total 15 children were taken to the primary health centre at Patori village in Muzaffarpur district, around 80km north of Patna, for measles vaccination. Two of the children - Raju and Sonu Kumar - died after they were administered the vaccine while nine of the children fell ill. They had fever and started vomiting, while the rest of the kids did not show any complication.

The nine children were later admitted to Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH). The health department authorities claimed that Sonu and Raju's death had nothing to do with the vaccination, and that they died because of existing complications.

Muzaffarpur civil surgeon Lalita Singh said Raju (9 months) and Sonu Kumar (one-and-a-half year-old) were suffering from diarrhoea at the time they were brought for vaccination. She said the nine children admitted in SKMCH had minor complications such as fever and vomiting and their health was improving since Saturday evening.

The SKMCH authorities also said the hospital had received four suspected cases of encephalitis since March 31 and the symptoms have been controlled within a couple of days of admission.

"The first such case came to the hospital on March 31. None of the four cases was serious," said G.K. Thakur, the superintendent. "The patients complained of fever and convulsions, which were managed within one to two days since they were admitted in the hospital."

He said the hospital has kept necessary drugs, including paracetamol and intravenous fluids, ready for the patients.

Civil surgeon Lalita said encephalitis wards hadbeen created in every primary health centres to ensure better treatment facilities to the patients.