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Toddler dies after taking polio drops in sleep in Ludhiana

The family staged protest at Fauji Mohalla, following which police and health department started the investigation into death of one-and-a-half-year-old boy in Fauji Mohalla.

punjab Updated: Sep 22, 2017 16:33 IST
HT Correspondent
Police investigating after one-and-a-half-year-old boy died after being administered polio drops at Fauji Mohalla in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Police investigating after one-and-a-half-year-old boy died after being administered polio drops at Fauji Mohalla in Ludhiana on Thursday. (HT File)

A day after a three-year-old boy died in Jagjit Colony after allegedly consuming a medicine prescribed by a quack, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy died minutes after a health team administered polio drops to him in Fauji Mohalla.

Soon after, the family of the boy staged a protest following which police and another health department officials reached the spot and started an investigation. The boy, identified as Aditya, was visiting his maternal uncle with his parents.

Police said that the body was sent for a postmortem to the civil hospital. Model Town station house officer (SHO) Surinder Chopra said the police will take appropriate action as per the report.

The women gave polio drops to Aditya in his sleep and left the house. Minutes later, he got fits and started frothing at the mouth. We rushed him to Krishna Charitable Hospital where he died.

Aditya’s mother, Sangeeta, said she, her husband, Varinder Kumar, and her son were visiting her parents and brother in Ludhiana. She added that on Thursday, two women turned up at their house, claiming that they were from the health department and were administering polio drops to children of up to five years of age.

Sangeeta added that her son was sleeping at the time and she asked them to visit later. But the women were reluctant and asked her to wake him up.

The mother further said, “The women gave polio drops to Aditya in his sleep and left the house. Minutes later, he got fits and started frothing at the mouth. We rushed him to Krishna Charitable Hospital where he died.”

Wailing mother and family members of child Aditya who died after being administered polio drops at Fauji Mohalla in Ludhiana on Thursday. (HT File )

‘DEATH NOT DUE TO POLIO DROPS’

District immunisation officer Dr Jasbir Singh said two anganwadi workers from the health department went to Fauji Colony to administer polio drops to children of up to the five years of age.

He added that the death of the child did not have anything to do with the polio drops. The team gave polio drops to 20 other children from the same vial they used for Aditya.

Dr Singh further said the pulse polio programme was being effective since 1995, but such an incident had never happened before.