Health Min panel probes death of infants in UP
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 23:21
New Delhi/Lucknow: A union Health Ministry panel has initiated probe into the death of four infants near Lucknow after they were administered anti-measles vaccine.

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters in Delhi that the three-member team, which visited Mohalganj, would submit their report soon and action will be taken against those found guilty.

"A team comprising Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner (from immunisation department) along with other doctors have been sent to Mohalganj," Azad told reporters.

The team will submit the report soon after which further action will be taken in the matter, he said.

Minutes after they were given the anti-measles drops during the health department's immunisation camp yesterday at an "aaganwari Centre" in Mohanlalganj near Lucknow, the four infants, all below nine months, showed symptoms of a serious allergic reaction and died before they could be taken to hospital for treatment.

An FIR has been lodged at Mohanlalganj police station against unnamed persons in connection with the incident while the government has already announced compensation for the families of the victims.

"The FIR has been registered by Additional Director, Health and Family Welfare, S A Rizvi at Mohanlalgaj police station against unnamed persons," said a senior state health official.

Five health department employees including a doctor, an employee responsible for maintaining cold chain and three auxiliary midwife and nurse have been placed under suspension after being found prima facie guilty while a magisterial inquiry into the incident is also going on.


First Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 23:21

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