Allegations of death of a three-month-old child shortly after having being given a vaccination shot at a government-organised camp on Thursday has rattled the state health department officials.
A team of doctors from Unicef and World Health Organisation (WHO) from Bhopal visited Ujjain on Thursday and took stock of the situation.
Dr Ashwin Bhagwat of Unicef and Dr S Soni of WHO met the father of the deceased child and recorded his statement. The team also visited anganwadi centre in Ujjain district’s Bandka village and had a look at the vaccine stock that was administered to the kid.
A three-month-old child Krushna was administered DPT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) vaccine on Tuesday morning and he died after some time.
The child’s father, Dinesh Panchal, reiterated his earlier statement that the kid was hale and hearty in the morning and started frothing within 30 minutes of receiving the vaccine.
The team also recorded the statement of the auxiliary nurse midwive (ANM), who vaccinated it at the anganwadi centre.
Meanwhile, a meeting of committee of district-level adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) was held on Thursday under the leadership of joint co-rdinator (health) Dr Dilip Nagar and the committee after deliberating for three hours was unanimous of the view that kid’s death had nothing to do with vaccination.
The committee argued that out of the four kids vaccinated with DPT, three haven’t developed any symptoms of illness. "Had the vaccine been wrong, it would have affected other kids as well," committee argued.
The doctors also sided with the ANM and claimed that “She was properly trained and had she not followed the vaccination protocol, it would have affected other kids as well.”