Students sick after vaccine

As many as 25 students of Sahabad ME Madrassa, around 25km from here, under Katlicherra revenue circle in Hailakandi district of south Assam fell sick after being administered measles-rubella vaccine on Saturday.

By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Hailakandi
  • Published 9.09.18
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The students at the hospital

Hailakandi: As many as 25 students of Sahabad ME Madrassa, around 25km from here, under Katlicherra revenue circle in Hailakandi district of south Assam fell sick after being administered measles-rubella vaccine on Saturday.

Hailakandi deputy commissioner Adil Khan has ordered a probe to be headed by joint director of health ser vices Dr Avijit Basu and district immunization officer (DIO) Dr K.Thambalsena. They have been asked to submit a report to the deputy commissioner immediately.

Katlicherra legislator Suzamuddin Laskar, district development commissioner F.R. Laskar, additional deputy commissioner E.L. Fairhiem, circle officer James Aind and other officials visited the school and the block primary health centre (PHC) to take stock of the situation.

Following the vaccination, just after the mid-day meal, several students complained of nausea, fever, stomachache and vomiting and had to be admitted to the nearest Katlicherra Block PHC.

Basu, who rushed to the site, said six students have been hospitalised, while the rest were being kept under observation and would be discharged soon.

He said he had examined the vaccines administered to 120 students in the afternoon and found them to be in order.

Thambalsena said the condition of the students was stable. She said the vaccines, approved by the World Health Organisation, were being constantly monitored and were of high quality.

She said there was no need to panic as common side effects such as fever, rashes, nausea and dizziness could occur in some cases following such vaccination.

The measles-rubella vaccination campaign had picked up momentum in the last couple of days and there was no serious complaint whatsoever, she added.

She said the vaccination will continue for the next couple of weeks till all the children in the age group of nine months and 15 years are vaccinated. The DIO sought the support and cooperation of parents, teachers, students and elderly citizens to attain 100 per cent success in the drive in the district.

As many as 2.15 lakh children of 1,485 schools of Hailakandi will be covered under the campaign.

Fairhiem said 22 students had been released from Katlicherra PHC hospital till evening. A student, Taslima Begum Barbhuiya, 12, has been shifted to Silchar Medical College and Hospital for further treatment.