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Action against six health staff for deaths post immunisation in Bihar

Three children had died and nine others taken ill after they were administered vaccination on Friday for prevention of Japanese encephalitis and measles at Patori village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district.

india Updated: May 09, 2017 17:16 IST
Ajay Kumar
Members of the Union health ministry team, constituted to inquire into deaths during an immunisation drive in Bihar, with Muzaffarpur district health officials.
Members of the Union health ministry team, constituted to inquire into deaths during an immunisation drive in Bihar, with Muzaffarpur district health officials.(HT photo)

Taking a serious note of the deaths of three children during a vaccination drive in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, 71 km north of Patna, the regional deputy director of health (RDDH) on Tuesday recommended punitive action against six health officials, including the district immunisation officer (DIO).

Confirming the action, civil surgeon-cum-chief medical officer Dr Lalita Singh said RDDH Vijay Kumar Sinha had directed her to transfer DIO Dr Shiv Shankar to Sariaya primary health centre (PHC), his original place of posting. The RDDH had also ordered deduction of a day’s salary of the five other officials “for dereliction of the duty”, the civil surgeon said.

Three children had died and nine others taken ill after they were administered vaccination on Friday for prevention of Japanese encephalitis and measles at Patori village in Aurai block of the district.

READ: Two children die in Bihar after being administered vaccine against Japanese encephalitis, measles

“After reviewing the immunisation programme, the RDDH concluded that the DIO had failed to perform his duty properly as he had also been deputed at Saraiya PHC as in-charge,” the civil surgeon said, adding that Dr RP Swetanki had been made the new DIO and asked to join the new assignment immediately.

She said the RDDH had ordered deduction of one day’s salary of five officials for not appearing before a team of experts, which had arrived here from New Delhi to investigate the reasons for the death of three children during the immunisation drive.

Dr Lalita Singh said, “Kamla Kumari (assistant drug controller) and four drug inspectors --- Vikas Shiromani, Abhay Shankar Samar, Dhananjay Kumar and Udai Vallabh —have also been served show cause notice to explain their absence. “If they fail to reply to the show cause notice in time, disciplinary action could be initiated against them,” the civil surgeon added.