Central team approves PHC administration in TN

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Chennai, Apr 26 (UNI) The central expert team, which conducted an on-the-spot inquiry into the tragic death of four infants after they were administered measles vaccine, found no fault with maintenance, handling and administration of the vaccines at the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Thiruvallur district.

Director of Public Health, Dr Padmanaban told UNI that the team members, who visited the Katchur and Poornimangadu PHCs, where the victims were given the vaccine, expressed satisfaction over the 'cold chain' system, used to store the vaccines.

The expert team, which conducted a detailed study into the process of vaccine administration, was also happy that everything, including the handling of vaccine and procedures adopted for administering the same, were perfect, he said.

In the storage centres, the vaccines were kept in special ice-lined refrigerator in temperatures between two and eight degrees Celsius. The team checked the temperature recordings and found it as per the WHO specifications.

The team also examined the vaccine vial monitors on vials that were used to inoculate the children and found them alright.

Only the laboratory analysis at Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh would give a conclusive finding of what went wrong. The report was expected in one week to ten days time, Dr Padmanaban added UNI XR/WS KVV AE DS1538

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