Five suspended in connection with death of four children

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Aurangabad, Maharashtra Sep 28 (UNI) Five people including two doctors and two nurses, have been suspended in connection with death of four children due to reaction of a measles vaccine at Waghola village in Phulambri tehsil of the district on Saturday, Public health minister Vimal Mundada said today.

Addressing a press conference after meeting the relatives of the six children, undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) due to reaction of the defective measles vaccination, Dr Mundada said the medical officer of Jategaon primary health centre, Dr Pramod Alhat, Dr Singarkar and three health employees-M R Sapkal, R T Nikam and Rekha Kharat were immediately suspended for negligence in duty.

She said the condition of those undergoing treatment at GMCH was improving.

The Serum Insitite of India (Pune) had manufactured the defective vaccine. Dr Mundada said the manufacturer had supplied 3.40 lakh vaccines in the State, out of which 2.80 lakh were used.

''A total of 12,000 vaccines were supplied to Aurangabad district.

After the incident at Waghola, all the remaining vaccines were seized and the company has been asked to not supply the vaccines,'' she said.

Dr Mundada said a three-member committee has also been appointed to enquire into the incident. ''The committee has been directed to examine post-mortem, clinical, laboratory and pathological laboratory reports of the four children,'' she added.

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