12 Maharashtra children given sanitizer instead of polio drops

By Gitanjali Mangal - February 02, 2021 1:02 pm

In a recent shocking incident, at least 12 children have been given hand sanitizer instead of the oral polio vaccine drops at a Primary Health Centre in Ghatanji's Kapsi-Kopari village of Maharashtra.

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Taking note of the incident, the district health authorities on Monday suspended three nurses after a preliminary investigation.

The shocking incident happened on Sunday when over 2,000 small children aged 1-5 years had come along with their parents for the polio vaccination programme under the national immunization drive, launched in the morning.

According to the officials, some kids were given oral drops of sanitizers instead of the polio drops after which many complained of nausea, cramps and started vomiting, which led to panic among the parents and health officials there.

All the children, aged between 1-5 years, were rushed to the Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College & Hospital for treatment.

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VNGMCH Dean Dr Milind Kamble said, "All the children are now stable and improving. They are being kept under constant observation. Depending on their condition, we shall consider discharging them on Tuesday evening,"

Talking about the repercussions of oral intake of hand-sanitizing liquids, he said that though it is not fatal, it contains around 70 percent alcohol which may create health complications, especially among children, as in the present instance.

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Yavatmal Collector M. Devender Singh also visited the hospital on Sunday night and checked on the condition of the children.

He ordered the Zilla Parishad CEO Shrikrishna Panchal to visit the village and investigate the incident and after his preliminary probe, three nurses on duty at the time have been suspended.

The incident has happened a day after the Polio National Immunization Day on January 31, which was launched by President R. N. Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday.

-PTC News