4 die after anti-measles vaccine

An auxiliary nurse and mid-wife (ANM), Durga Tiwari, who had administered the vaccine to the infants was booked under IPC Section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) after her arrest, officials said on Sunday.

Nine-month-old Arman Vishwakarma, who was being treated with 11 other critically ill children, died on Sunday morning at district hospital here to become the fourth victim.
Three others, Gaurav Vishwakarma (9 months), Karnika Thakur (11 months) and Rohini (13 months) died on Saturday, a day after they were administered measles vaccine by the Health Department at anganwadi centres that are run by the State Women and Child Development Department.

District Vaccination Programme In charge Dr Anupam Kulshetra and Vaccine Depot In charge ANM Saraswati Nair have been suspended.
The decision was taken after Madhya Pradesh Health Department Director A N Mittal along with his team reached here and inquired about the matter.

Preliminary reports said the nurse had apparently carried the vaccines home in a thermos flask and stored it in a refrigerator overnight before bringing it back in thermos and distributing it. The team also met victims in the hospital, officials said.
Mittal said strict action will be taken against those responsible for the incident.
State Water Resources, Housing and Environment Minister Jayant Malaiya on Sunday visited the victims in the hospital and met the family members of the deceased at their residence.

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