Kids dying after vaccination for measles rarest of rare: Gujarat Health Minister

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 00:22

Gandhinagar: The death of four kids, all
below the age of one year, after they were administered a
vaccine for measles in Anjar taluka of Kutch district last
week was a `rarest of rare case`, Gujarat Health Minister
Jaynarayan Vyas said on Monday.

"My heart goes out to the parents who lost their children
in this unfortunate incident," Vyas said in the state assembly
while replying to a short call notice raised by MLA from Anjar
Neema Achrya.

"This is the rarest of the rare case, and we need not
politicise this issue," he said, referring to the allegation
by Congress MLA Babubhai Shah that there was delay in saving
lives of the infants after reaction of the vaccine.

Describing the steps taken by the state government with
regard to the incident, Vyas said that three staff members,
a junior pharmacist, a staff nurse and a helper of the
Rambaug Hospital where the incident took place, have been
suspended.

The medical officer of the hospital has been given a show
cause notice and following his reply action would be taken
against him, he added.

Vyas further said that vaccination for measles have been
suspended since March when the incident took place. Sample
have been sent for analysis, he added.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 00:22

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