8/22/2010

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4 babies die after shots of vaccine
Lucknow, Aug. 21: Four babies died today in Uttar Pradesh soon after they were administered vaccines for polio, measles and night blindness.

The babies were aged between three and eight months, and belonged to three villages in Mohanlalganj block, 25km from Lucknow. A fifth baby is fighting for life in hospital.




“It is difficult to ascertain which vaccination had caused the deaths. Only an examination of the samples and post-mortem of the children would reveal the truth. But this is an extremely tragic and unfortunate incident,” Dr A.K. Shukla, the chief medical officer, Lucknow, said.

A probe has been ordered and samples from the vaccine vials that might have poisoned the children have been collected for tests, he said. The head of the immunisation programme in Mohanlalganj, Dr K.P. Upadhya, and four women health workers have been suspended pending investigation.

“Around 11am, immediately after the vaccination, my daughter Rekha Kumari began frothing at the mouth,” said Kiranbala Devi, a 24-year-old mother from Rampur Khera village. Rekha was seven months old.
Eight-month-old Tania and two boys aged between three and six months are the other dead.
“A total of five children had fallen ill. All five were first admitted to a primary health centre in Mohanlalganj and then they were shifted to King George Medical College in Lucknow. Four died on the way and one who is admitted to Lucknow hospital is battling for life,” said Dr S.C. Ram, director general, family welfare.

Around 25 infants from four villages had assembled at the health camp in Rampur Khera, but the immunisation drive was stopped after the babies fell ill. Sources, however, said one or two other babies might have been vaccinated.

Furious villagers in Rampur Khera, Padmini Khera and Bindawa — villages dominated by Dalits and backward classes attacked the primary health workers administering the vaccines and held three government doctors hostage. Police were sent to rescue them.

“As news of the deaths of the children filtered down to the villages around 2pm, a team of three doctors who had gone there to investigate the cause of the deaths were held hostage by the villagers in the office of the local health centre,” Lucknow district magistrate Anil Sagar said.
Some villagers threatened to burn them alive, the police said. By 4pm, at least 600 angry villagers had gathered. 
They let the doctors go after much persuasion.
“We have now stopped the immunisation programme in the entire Mohanlalganj block. We have been able to pacify the villagers. A committee has been set up to find out the cause of the deaths,” Dr Ram said.
The deaths will make it further difficult to convince villagers to get their children immunised in a region where vaccines, especially that for polio, are seen with suspicion. Villagers often chase away health workers giving the polio vaccine because they believe it causes impotence.
Of the three vaccines given today, two — for measles and night blindness — were injectible and the one for polio was oral http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100822/jsp/nation/story_12840049.js
FIR lodged against unnamed people in vaccination deaths


Lucknow, Aug 22 – No one has been named in a first information report (FIR) lodged in the deaths of four infants during a routine immunisation drive in Lucknow, police said Sunday.
Lucknow deputy inspector general of police Rajiv Krishna said: ‘The family welfare department has chosen to file an unnamed FIR. Let us see what emerges out in the police investigation.’
Strangely, this comes close on the heels of the suspension of at least half a dozen officials belonging to the health and family welfare departments. These include, a medical officer and a paramedic detailed to carry out routine vaccination against measles, TB and vitamin A deficiency in the Mohanlalganj area on the outskirts of this state capital.
While the entire drive was suspended Saturday within hours of the death of four infants in three different villages located in close proximity, people in distant villages have become apprehensive of what was being referred to as ‘zehreela teeka’ (poisonous vaccine).
Loud wails of family members and neighbours could be heard through the night and even the whole of Sunday morning, when the bodies of the four victims were taken for their last rites.
While the autopsy on the bodies was carried out Saturday, the report is yet to be released.
‘They gave her some poisonous vaccine, otherwise how could my daughter just collapse within minutes of receiving the dose? I had only two daughters and now I am left with one,’ a wailing Kanta, the young mother of 9-month-old Rekha, told IANS.
‘My child got unconscious shortly after she was vaccinated but there was no doctor present at the immunisation camp. A phone call was made to the doctor, who took more than an hour to arrive and to declare her dead,’ she moaned.
Her neighbour Shiv Kanti, the hapless mother of 10-month-old Sahil, who also met his end in Saturday’s tragedy, was weeping inconsolably .
‘Sahil was my only son among three children. Now where will I get a son from?’
Sahil’s grandfather, Maiku Lal, who is known for motivating illiterate villagers to go for immunsation of their little ones, has now turned firmly against any kind of vaccination.
‘This is all bunk. How can you gamble with the lives of your children? I will never ask anyone to take his child for immunsation now,’ he remarked.
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