The state government on Sunday ruled out that the cause of infant deaths at Srinagar’s GB Panth hospital was due to “fake” drug.
“Pentavalent vaccine is not fake. It may not be the sole reason for infant deaths,” said minister for medical education Taj Mohi-u-Din.
There were protests over recent deaths of kids at the hospital. It was alleged that the drug was fake. “Those who attribute deaths to this vaccine should know it is supplied by the Government of India and is used all over country,” said the minister.
“There may be other reasons for infant deaths which need to be investigated,” he added.
A five-member union health ministry team is assisting investigations into the death of infants at the hospital. “We are waiting for their report,” said the minister.
Director family welfare, Dr Baldev Sharma said the department has collected samples from the children hospital. The five-member team has also visited Shopian, Baramulla and Budgam on Sunday.
“So far we have not found Pentavalent the cause of infant deaths. After thorough investigations we would make the facts public,” Sharma said.
Pentavalent vaccine, also known as Easy-Five, is given to protect infants from hepatitis-B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and Hib (haemophilus influenzae type-b).