Two children die in Charsadda from measles vaccine

The two children were administered the vaccine nearly a month ago, after which their conditions became critical.


Web Desk June 01, 2014
The two children were administered the vaccine nearly a month ago, after which their conditions became critical. PHOTO: ONLINE

CHARSADDA: One month after being administered the measles vaccine, two children in Charsadda died on Sunday , Express News reported. 

Faizan and Sabeen, who were both four years old, were injected with the measles vaccine on May 3 after which their condition became critical and they had been taken to the district hospital in Charsadda.

The two children died today.

An investigation committee has been formed to look into the matter.

Who's at fault?

The government launched a 12-day measles campaign on May 19 and since then several cases of negative reactions to the vaccine are surfacing. Around 110 adverse reactions have been recorded by the health department so far.

According to investigations, 40% of the anti-measles vaccine staff is untrained and lack sufficient knowledge about the technicalities of administering measles vaccine.

But a medical specialist in Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Shabqadar earlier told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity that the deaths were caused by the vaccine and not due to untrained staff.

He claimed the medicine lost its efficacy due to prolonged outages in the hospitals.

According to the specialist, the hospitals where the vaccines are being stored face almost 20 hours of outages. “The cold chain for all vaccines needs to be maintained; since the hospitals face outages the quality of medicine is affected,” he added.

COMMENTS (13)

Sultan | 7 years ago | Reply

@Specialist who claimed “The cold chain for all vaccines needs to be maintained; since the hospitals face outages the quality of medicine is affected" True, but in that case the vaccine may only lose its efficacy, not necessarily become a threat or something very dangerous to the recipients. I think we need a proper investigation here to establish a "cause and effect" relation and punish the ones who are guilty. The children who died were nice, innocent, and wonderful HUMAN BEINGS--- not guinea pigs, for God's sake. @Naveed: "4 kids died due to Measles vaccine which is 0.00005 percent of kids who obtained vaccine" Statistics is nice, but what if one of your kid were among theses 0.00005 per cent?

MAD | 7 years ago | Reply

vaccine administered on May 03 and children die after a month? Is there something here im missing?

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