Baby death sparks tension in Rajasthan village

  • Aabshar H Quazi, None, Kota
  • Updated: Nov 19, 2014 16:04 IST

Residents of a village in Rajasthan’s Kota district on Tuesday demanded a high-level probe after a two-and-a-half month-old baby died allegedly due to post-vaccination complications.

However, health officials said the baby die due to “accumulation of milk in its respiratory tract” and not due to the vaccine injection.

The baby’s death came a few days after 14 women died in Chhattisgarh after sterilisation operations under a government programme.

The baby died at Khatoli village, around 300 km from capital Jaipur, on Tuesday morning.

As tension spread in the village, Khatoli sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Shankarlal Saini rushed to the pot and assured the villagers of an impartial probe, after which the family agreed for a post-mortem.

Chief medical and health officer of Kota, Dr RN Yadav said that seven children of Khatoli region were administered Pentavalent injection from the same vial. All the other babies were fine, he said.

Yadav said Pentavalent, introduced from November 1 this year, is administered as vaccination for diptheria, pertusis and tetanus (DPT) besides meningitis and Hepatitis B.

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