Infant Dies After Polio Vaccination

Diphu December 23: Parents of an infant alleged erroneous administration of a polio vaccine by the medicos and experts of Diphu Civil Hospital after their one and half month old baby died after being vaccinated yesterday.

According to Mongol Sing Rongphar and Mrs. Anjana Hensapi, residents of Rongpangri locality of Diphu town’s ward number 6, his wife gave birth to twin baby boys on 4th November and yesterday both babies were administered polio vaccines at Diphu Civil Hospital.

A few hours after receiving the vaccine, both babies had high temperatures and nausea and the eldest of the twins Chingthur died during the early hours today.

The surviving baby of the couple Chingdon is undergoing treatment in the hospital with the identical syndrome since this morning.

Utter callousness by the hospital staff was witnessed this morning when the parents reached the emergency ward of Diphu Civil Hospital, no doctors were present. Even the paramedic staff were reluctant to admit the infant and extend urgent treatment to the surviving baby during adversity.

Instead a large section of police force and paramilitary was posted in the hospital; after much deliberations the infant was admitted.

No official statement has been issued by the hospital authority concerning the possible cause of the infant’s death, however a press conference has been convened for tomorrow.

“Most probably date expired vaccine was administered to the baby or some other oral medicine or vaccine injectable was administered simultaneously by the paramedical staff,” one of the senior doctors of Diphu Civil Hospital said, on condition of anonymity.

“I am bringing the whole incident to public notice so that the hospital authority takes care not to do any further mistake and become the cause of death of any other infant” said Mongol Sing Rongphar, the bereaved father of the departed infant.

Sushanta Roy is a journalist in Assam, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora of Assam, and the things that affect them.