Maharashtra shocker: 12 children administered sanitiser instead of polio drops in Yavatmal
Over 2,000 children aged 1-5 years had came along with their parents for the polio vaccination drive in Yavatmal
In a shocking lapse, at least 12 kids were administered hand sanitiser drops instead of the oral polio vaccine drops. The incident took place at a Primary Health Centre in Ghatanji's Kapsi-Kopari village in the Yavatmal district.
Over 2,000 children aged 1-5 years had came along with their parents for the polio vaccination drive under the national immunisation campaign. According to officials, some of the children were given oral drops of sanitiser instead of the polio drops after which many complained of nausea, cramps and started vomiting, creating 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.
"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," the VNGMCH Dean Dr Milind Kamble told IANS.
On the possible repercussions of oral intake of hand-sanitizing liquids, the Dean 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.
Yavatmal Collector M Devender Singh visited the hospital on Sunday night and enquired about the condition of the children. He later ordered the Zilla Parishad CEO Shrikrishna Panchal to visit the Maharashtra village and investigate the incident.
As per initial reports, at least one doctor, a health worker and an Asha volunteer are under the scanner for the lapse. Panchal mentioned that the medical authorities were informed of the incident very late.
(With inputs from IANS)