Rotavirus shot killed child: Delhi family

  • Hindustan Times, HT Correspondent
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2014 15:19 IST

The family of a two-month-old girl who died on Friday morning alleged the rotavirus vaccination she was given on November 28 killed her.

The injection was given as a part of the Phase III trial of the vaccine by the Centre for Health Research and Development, Society for Applied Sciences.

"The vaccine was given on November 28, and Iqra (the baby) was absolutely fine till she died this morning," alleged her father Sahabuddin, who lives in Jaitpur village in south-east Delhi.

The body was brought to AIIMS for a postmortem by the Police on Friday. The post-mortem report is expected on Friday evening.

"The vaccination was part of the government's Phase-III trial and the vaccine was provided by Serum Institute of India and our job is just to administer the vaccine to the children. We have got the approval to carry out these trials," said one of the supervisors of the organisation (CHRD).

"I cannot comment on this unless I get proper information on this. I am not aware of the incident. There was no state government-run programme for rota virus injection recently. It could be part of the government's trial phase," said Dr D K Dewan, director, Department of Family Welfare, Delhi Government.

The cause of death would be known only after the post-mortem report, say police officials.

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