In Ludhiana, one and half year old child dies after polio vaccination
Ludhiana : A one and a half year old child lost his life barely an hour after he was given polio vaccination in Ludhiana’s Abdullapur Basti area by Angandwadi workers as part of a door-to-door immunisation drive. Since then the tension is prevailing in the area.
The child, identified as Aditya Kumar, was rushed to a nearby hospital but it was too late to save his life.
“My son was sleeping on a cot outside the house when Anganwadi workers came, they forcibly made him wake up and administered him polio drops. Family members had told them not to vaccinate the child as he was sleeping. Just half an hour after the incident, the child’s health started deteriorating. Child became unconscious and when taken to nearby Krishna hospital, he was declared brought dead,” the Indian Express quotes child's father Rajinder Kumar.
Doctors, however, have refused the allegations that polio drops can be a reason behind his death.
Dr Jasbir told the newspaper, "In our five-day long drive, we administered drops to over 3.75 lakh children and no ailment has been reported in any child. Death of the child must be due to some other reason. It was just a coincidence that it happened after some time of administering polio drops. Postmortem can reveal the cause of death. A board of doctors will be doing postmortem.”
He added: “From the same vial, 15 other children had also been administered polio drops in the same area and everyone is fine. We are running this immunisation campaign since 1995 and nothing has happened with this drug ever. However, we are waiting for the postmortem report.”