IN A shocking incident, as many as 200 vials of polio vaccine with expiry date of 2007 and 08, was found dumped near the Daraganj Ghat, on Saturday. A local man attending a funeral at the ghat recovered the vaccine.
As the news reached the CMO’s office, two medical officers Dr VK Mishra and Dr VN Pathak rushed to the spot to check the batch number and other details of the vaccine. A paan shop owner said that the vaccine was lying there for the past four days. “Many of them have been destroyed by children while playing,” he said.
The Health Department sources said that the stock of polio vaccine was supplied during the Pulse Polio drive. “The stock was also supposed to be used for the routine vaccination of children,” added the source.
Dr VK Mishra said that they have recovered at least 20 vials of polio vaccine near Daraganj Ghat, where cremation takes place.
“It seems that the viols were dumped from the Shastri Bridge. We also collected few shattered pieces of polio vaccine vial lying close to the cremation site. The statement of local vendors, shopkeepers and other witnesses have also been recorded for the purpose of inquiry. However, many vials have been destroyed due to which they are unable to check its expiry date and batch number. But still, the batch numbers of vials will be verified with the details in the vaccine issue register. We have to see that whether the vaccine was issued from the same district or not,” he said.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Shantimal Singhvi said the matter was very serious. “I will set up an inquiry and take action against the guilty staff.
The recommendations will also be made to suspend the officers concerned,” he said.