12 Maharashtra children given sanitizer as a substitute of polio drops

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A well being employee administers polio drops to kids at a authorities faculty. (Representational picture)

In a stunning lapse, a minimum of 12 children have been administered hand sanitizer as a substitute of the oral polio vaccine drops at a Main Well being Centre in Ghatanji’s Kapsi-Kopari village within the district, officers mentioned right here on Monday. Taking cognisance of the incident, the district well being authorities late on Monday suspended three nurses after a preliminary investigation.

The incident happened on Sunday when over 2,000 young children aged 1-5 years had gathered together with their mother and father for the polio vaccination programme underneath the nationwide immunization drive, launched within the morning.

Based on officers, among the children got oral drops of sanitizers as a substitute of the polio drops after which many complained of nausea, cramps and began vomiting, sparking panic among the many mother and father and well being officers there.

All the kids, aged between 1-5 years, have been rushed to the Vasantrao Naik Authorities Medical School & Hospital for remedy.

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“All the kids at the moment are secure and bettering. They’re being saved underneath fixed commentary. Relying on their situation, we will take into account discharging them on Tuesday night,” VNGMCH Dean Dr Milind Kamble.

On the attainable repercussions of oral consumption of hand-sanitizing liquids, the Dean mentioned that although it isn’t deadly, it incorporates round 70 % alcohol which can create well being problems, particularly amongst kids, as within the current occasion.

Yavatmal Collector M. Devender Singh visited the hospital on Sunday night time and enquired concerning the situation of the kids.

He ordered the Zilla Parishad CEO Shrikrishna Panchal to go to the village and examine the incident and after his preliminary probe, three nurses on responsibility on the time have been suspended.

Farmers chief from Yavatmal and Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission President Kishore Tiwari suspects it might be a case of “deliberate sabotage” and plans to go to the affected village on Tuesday for a spot evaluation.

Panchal mentioned that the nurses apparently mistook bottles of sanitisers positioned close by to be the vaccine drops and administered them to the unsuspecting children whilst one other three well being staff are underneath the scanner for the lapse.

The incident got here a day after the Polio Nationwide Immunization Day (January 31), which was launched by President R. N. Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday.


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