Vaccine cry in kid death

The father of a 18-month-old baby girl of Nilgiri has lodged a complaint with police alleging that her daughter died hours within she was administered a series of vaccines at a health care centre at Mardarajpur on Wednesday.

By SIBDAS KUNDU in Balasore
  • Published 25.05.18
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PATHETIC: Family members try to console the mother of the baby girl at hospital on Wednesday. Telegraph picture

Balasore: The father of a 18-month-old baby girl of Nilgiri has lodged a complaint with police alleging that her daughter died hours within she was administered a series of vaccines at a health care centre at Mardarajpur on Wednesday.

The girl was allegedly administered a DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) booster injection, a Japanese encephalitis (JE2) vaccine and also a booster dose of oral polio by the health workers.

The complainant, Parameswar Mahapatra, alleged that his daughter fell sick returning home from the health care centre. Although she was rushed to the district headquarters hospital, she was declared received dead.

Alleging negligence on the part of the health workers, Mahapatra said: "I suspect my daughter was given wrong vaccines. Stringent action should be taken against the heath workers."

Around 51 kids were given the DPT, JE2 and polio doses on Wednesday. Of them, three children were reported to have fallen sick. They were admitted to the Nilgiri Sub-divisional Hospital.

Refuting the allegations, chief district medical officer Meenakshi Roy said there was nothing abnormal in the vaccination process.

"The post-mortem of the child was conducted last night. The report is awaited. The kid died in her house about two hours after she was vaccinated," said Roy. "She had turned blue when the kid was brought to the district headquarters hospital. It appears that something stuck in her food pipe while taking food. After vaccination, some children may feel feverish and giddy. But there was nothing wrong with the vaccination process," said Roy.

The Nilgiri police said a case under Section 304(a) of Indian Penal Code was registered on the basis of the complaint lodged by the kid's father. "We are probing the allegation," said a police officer.