A one-and-a-half-month old child died nearly 18 hours after he was administered the first dose of Pentavalent vaccine.
Bharat, son of Devendra Garg, from Begampura (under Mahakal police limit) was vaccinated at Ujjain's district hospital on Saturday afternoon.
Garg claimed his son was fine till Sunday morning. Around 8am, he started having lose motions and vomiting which contained blood. Garg and his wife immediately rushed him to the district hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
As soon as doctors declared Bharat dead around 8.30am, Garg's family members and local residents created ruckus at the hospital and protested against doctors and nurses deployed at the hospital.
The agitated residents demanded an FIR and immediate arrest of the female nurse who vaccinated the child. They also manhandled district immunisation officer KC Parmar at the hospital.
Police force from local police station was deployed at the hospital to avert any untoward incident. Additional district magistrate Avdhesh Sharma said that acting on district collector's orders, four doctors performed post-mortem and the cause of death will be known only after getting the report.
Sharma said all the vaccines have been seized and laboratory of the hospital has been sealed. "Administration will take stern action on the guilty and register an FIR," said the ADM.
On October 29, health department had launched a new immunisation campaign for children under the age of onw and included Pentavalent vaccine in the list of generic medicines.
The new vaccine is to be used against five diseases - diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza type B. It costs about Rs 1,300 in open market but the health department is providing it free of cost in government hospitals. It is to be administered to children who are one week, six weeks and 14 weeks old.