Health officials visit Ujjain hospital as infant dies 18 hrs after vaccination

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ujjain
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 17:05 IST

Taking immediate cognizance on the death of a 45-day-old child at Ujjain district hospital, nearly 18 hours after he was administered the first dose of Pentavalent vaccine, health department director from Bhopal on Monday visited Ujjain’s district hospital and took stock of the situation.

Ujjain chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Dr Ashok Yadav and civil surgeon Dr DPS Geharwar informed director KL Sahu about vaccination status report of Pentavalent vaccine in the district.

On Sunday, Bharat, son of Devendra Garg, from Begampura (under Mahakal police limit) died after he was vaccinated at Ujjain’s district hospital on Saturday afternoon. Garg claimed his son died due to vaccination. Meanwhile, in the short post-mortem report of the kid said that the infant died due to suffocation.

After death of Bharat, victim’s parents and family members alleged that infant died due to wrong vaccination and demanded an FIR and immediate arrest of the female nurse Krishna Choubey who vaccinated the child on Saturday.

Responding to allegations, team of four doctors including Dr JS Dhawan, Dr KN Tripathi, Dr Ambuj Agrawal and Dr Jitendra Sharma performed post mortem. In the report, it was claimed that Bharat died due to suffocation. For further investigation, doctors sent his viscera and skin sample to forensic laboratory in Sagar.

Police registered case under Section 174 CrPC in the matter and will act further on the basis of report from Sagar.

CMHO Dr Yadav said that the immunisation campaign started in district from November 1 and till today, as many as 1,360 kids in Ujjain district and more than 50,000 infants across the state have been vaccinated with Pentavalent vaccine, but no single case of casualty or infection reported in the state.

"Once we get viscera and skin report from forensic lab will come to know the exact cause of death," Dr Yadav added.

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