Surendranagar infant deaths: One more child admitted to hospital

After the death of two infants, one more was admitted to Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: November 14, 2014 8:38:59 pm

A day after two infants died within hours of getting BCG and polio vaccines in Dharai village of Chotila town in Surendranagar district, one more infant was admitted to Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on Friday after doctors concluded that she had “congenital complications.” On the other hand, police have started recording statements of parents of children who were administered vaccine of polio and BCG at the aganwadi centre in the village on Wednesday.

“After the deaths of two infants, a team of experts from Sola Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad and state health department visited Dharai village and checked all the 15 infants who had been administered vaccine. The pediatrician concluded that one the girl child had congenital complications and recommended admission. So, she has been admitted to Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. However, this admission has nothing to do with her getting polio vaccine,” chief district medical officer (CDHO) of Surendrangar, Dr Shivnath Dev told The Indian Express.

The 25-day-old baby girl who has been admitted in the hospital was identified as Roshan Bhupat Jada, a resident of Dharai. The infant had been given polio drops by health workers in Dharai village on Wednesday.

“Medical officer of Chotila told us Thursday afternoon that Roshan will have to be taken to Ahmedabad for treatment. They sent a car to our village at around 4 am and took the girl to Ahmedabad. The girl has been kept in incubator and doctors are telling that her cardiac function is normal and that they were waiting for her blood reports,” Vinu Jada, uncle to the father of the girl child, told over phone from Ahmedabad.

Incidentally, 45-day-old twins, Nikul and Nirav of Dharai village had died early on Thursday, hours after receiving shots of BCG and polio the previous day. Their father Bhala Nangani had alleged that the vaccine doses led to death of their sons. Chotila police had registered a case of accidental deaths in this regard.

Meanwhile, police started investigation of the case and recorded statements of parents of the children who were administered vaccine in Dharai and Dhokalva villages. “The female health worker who administered the shots has told in her statement that she had given the regular quantity of vaccines to the twins. We have also been told that health officers of Surendranagar have taken away vials of vaccines, from which doses were administered, for their own inquiry,” Chotila police sub-inspector Pratapsinh Gohil said.

The PSI further said that they were expecting primary report of post mortem of the twin baby boys in next two days. Forensic experts of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Medical College in Rajkot had conducted post-mortem on the boys on Thursday.

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