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Karnataka: Hospital worker dies after receiving Covid-19 vaccine, health dept denies link

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said the death of the Nagraj was not due to the Covishield vaccine.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 19, 2021 8:16:53 am
Panchkula, COVID-19, Panchkula coronavirus cases, Panchkula active covid-19 cases, Panchkula recovered coronavirus, Panchkula covid-19 deaths, india news, indian expressOf the total 15 people who tested positive today, nine were added to the district tally while the rest were added to the outside district count. (PTI Photo/Representational Image)

Two days after he was administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, a 43-year-old group D worker at a government hospital in Ballari district in north Karnataka died of a heart attack on Monday evening.

“Nagaraju, 43 yrs of Ballari district who is a permanent employee of the Health department passed away due to a massive heart attack today. He was vaccinated January 16 at around 1:00 PM and was normal till today morning (no uneventful events in 24 hours after vaccination). Today morning when he came to duty, he complained of chest pain at around 09:30 am and collapsed. He was treated immediately and referred to Jindal Sanjeevani hospital for higher treatment. He was admitted to Jindal Sanjeevani Hospital at 11:15 am. Highest level of treatment was provided, but he couldn’t be saved,” the Karnataka health department said in a statement on Monday evening.

“None of the other health care workers who took the vaccine from the same vial had any adverse events. The district-level AEFI Committee met and had detailed discussions. The conclusion is that the death was due to cardiorespiratory arrest secondary to acute antereo septal wall MI,” the statement added.

Deputy Commissioner Pavan Kumar Malapati said, “Further details about the death will be shared with the state health department.”

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Speaking to, Medical officer of Sundur Government Hospital, Dr Ramashetty said, “We have sent the body to postmortem in the Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Science in Ballari and after the autopsy report only we can confirm the exact reason for his death.”

“Nagraj had come to duty on Monday as usual but he complained of chest pain and was admitted to the hospital but died and didn’t respond to the treatment,” Ramashetty said.

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar also said the death of the Nagraj was not due to the Covishield vaccine. “He had hypertension and diabetes. His postmortem report is awaited. He had no side effects post taking the vaccine. Doctors tried to give emergency health care but he did not respond to treatment and died,” he said.


Meanwhile, on Monday evening, the Union Health Ministry said that two persons died after taking Covid-19 vaccine in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.” Death of the Uttar Pradesh resident is not related to vaccination; post mortem is planned today for the second person,” Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

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First published on: 18-01-2021 at 09:36:14 pm

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