Two children die in Charsadda from measles vaccine

Published: June 1, 2014
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The two children were administered the vaccine nearly a month ago, after which their conditions became critical. PHOTO: ONLINE

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.

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  • msaeed
    Jun 1, 2014 - 4:53PM

    I am a die hard supporter of PTI and this is really very disturbing and worrying for me that why this vaccine is that much dangerous for the kids, is it the vaccine which is having issues or the staff who give these vaccines are neglecting best practices, first of all the health minister should take responsibility and should resign immediately, we have to show that we are different then others, no matter what Health Mister should take moral responsibility and should resign..

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  • unbelievable
    Jun 1, 2014 - 5:35PM

    According to investigations, 40% of the anti-measles vaccine staff is untrained and lack sufficient knowledge about the technicalities of administering measles vaccine.
    .
    The list of vaccines normally given to children is pretty limited but the demand is sufficient to warrant a large fully trained staff. Providing vaccinations is an honorable full time job in the rest of the World – the administrators are certified and competent. Ain’t rocket science and you don’t have to re-invent the wheel – just copy what others have done successfully for decades. Maybe spend less money on nukes and cruise missiles and more on basics?

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  • Chachoo
    Jun 1, 2014 - 5:37PM

    I am afraid Imran will blame Shahbaz Sharif and Dhaandli for this mismanagement as well.

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  • Ammar
    Jun 1, 2014 - 5:42PM

    Well to all blindfolded PTI Jialas…

    New Pakistan, isn’t it??

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Jun 1, 2014 - 6:20PM

    If only the money spent on dharnas were diverted towards providing fuel to generators to atleast keep the vials in good condition, lives couldve been saved.
    And, is it now an appropriate time to call IK as Measle Khan? Like Dengue brothers?

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  • Dr. Akbar
    Jun 1, 2014 - 6:38PM

    Extremely irresponsible article posted by express tribune. Shame on you people. We the medical community are striving hard to increase the confidence of people in vaccinations in order to eradicate diseases like polio and measles. This is a completely unconfirmed and erroneous report which will spread like wildfire and have a negative impact on the public. You may end up getting more likes on your facebook page but you will be killing thousands of lives by spreading such reports. I am a surgeon in the US and have studied medicine in great detail. Just because some half-decent doctor from Charsadda claimed that it is the vaccine that are to blame, you have put up such an article. Either you change the article headline to something more appropriate such as “improper storage of vaccine may lead to detrimental effects” so that people dont lose the confidence in vaccines that we are trying so hard to build. I will be surprised if you allow this comment to be posted, but I shall write a dawn letter to the editor if this irresponsible article stays on longer. Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Jun 1, 2014 - 8:17PM

    @Chachoo: Hospitals electricity must not suffer outages, this is unacceptable, whatever happens to PM, CM, GHQ and VIPs comfort, childrens vaccines take priority to Ministers and generals comfort.

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  • Naveed
    Jun 1, 2014 - 9:05PM

    I think Media needs to be rational about this issue and try not to sensationalize this whole issues for purpose of breaking news. About 8 million kids were immunized against Measles. Out of 8 Million, 110 had unwanted side effects which is 0.001 percent. 4 kids died due to Measles vaccine which is 0.00005 percent of kids who obtained vaccine. Now if you look at statistics from side effects of vaccine, these can be regarded as normal side effects which can be expected. Obviously, there should be more investigation and such unwanted events needs to be minimized.

    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/mmr-side-effects.aspx

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 1, 2014 - 9:59PM

    PTI has announced a dharna against PTI itself on mishandling of “sahet ka insaaf”!

    PTI supporters are overjoyed with the news. IK is the only hope! Welcome to naya Pakistan.

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 1, 2014 - 10:03PM

    PTI sahet ka insaaf?? If only you could spend more on basics than staging useless dharnas!!

    I do not want to see PTI kids boasting of PTI’s achievements ever again on these forums!

    110 kids affected!

    For PTI supporters

    “sharam tum ko magar nai ati”

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  • Dooni
    Jun 1, 2014 - 10:42PM

    Doesn’t everyone know these are Indian vaccinations which have been wreaking havoc in KPK. These have been procured by the Federal Government to favor the Indian businessmen. Shame on them.

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  • MAD
    Jun 2, 2014 - 12:02AM

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

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  • Sultan
    Jun 5, 2014 - 7:56PM

    @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?

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