Make available emergency vaccine kits in hopitals : Congress

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New Delhi, Apr 25 (UNI) The Congress today expressed anguish at the death of four infants after being administered measles vaccines in Tamil Nadu, and asked the Centre to make available emergency kits in all hospitals and primary health centres to deal with cases of allergic reaction and contaminated vaccines.

AICC Spokespeson Jayanthi Natarajan told mediapersons that all the staff administering vaccines should be given training to handle emergency kit to treat shocks and allergic reactions so that the confidence of the people could be regained.

She said if fresh confidence was not instilled in the minds of the parents, there would be no response from them to vaccination efforts.

In this context, she pointed out that about 53,000 children were affected by measles.

Ms Natarajan welcomed the post-tragedy measures taken by the government, including withdrawal of the remaining doses of measles vaccine and institution of inquiry into the incident.

She said the government should take sever action if the company which manufactured the vaccine was found to have violated the standards.

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