On National Polio Immunization Day, Maharashtra Children Given Doses of Sanitizer Instead Of Polio Drops; Case Of Sheer Negligence

Negligence on the part of the health workers could cost the lives of children below 5 years as sanitizers were administered instead of polio drops.

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In due course of getting the Covid vaccine, the other vaccination procedures are being disturbed. A recent case of such negligence came out from a village in Maharashtra, where, as many as 12 children were given doses of sanitizers instead of polio drops. They were soon taken to the hospital and all of them are safe now. An inquiry is being carried out against 3 healthcare workers who were present during the occasion and if found guilty they will be suspended.

A case of sheer negligence

Almost 700 km from Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra is Yavatmal district where, in a village, a polio drive was being carried out on national polio immunization day on January 31. As the program began, 12 children were initially given sanitizer drops instead of the polio drops. The incident came to light when one of the children aged below 5 years started vomiting and showing uneasiness after the administration of the drops. So, they were given the polio drops again and were taken to the Yavatmal government hospital for primary treatment.

The children are stable but the parents are raged and demanded action against the offenders

All 12 children are now stable and showing no symptoms of any type of uneasiness or discomfort. Though the children are stable, the parents of the children are raged due to this negligence by the healthcare officials. They provoked protests and demanded actions against these workers. At the time of the incident, 3 healthcare workers were present at the spot that included one ASHA volunteer, one Anganwadi Sevika, and one doctor. An inquiry against them has been ordered by the village sarpanch who first found out about the mishap.

Inquiry ordered against 3 healthcare workers

The Yavatmal Zilla Parishad CEO Mr Shrikrishna Panchal said all the children are now in stable condition and an inquiry against the healthcare workers is under process. “An inquiry is underway and orders will be issued to suspend all the three healthcare workers”, he said. If anyhow they are proven guilty then they may face stricter actions as the lives of 12 kids could be in danger due to their negligence. The Yavatmal district collector Mr. M D Singh also visited the hospital alongside Mr. Panchal and enquired about the conditions of the affected children.

The PolicyTimes suggestion

  • Such negligence on the part of the health workers cannot be tolerated lightly. Strict actions must be taken against them so that further such negligence can be prevented.
  • The government must implement special investigation officers in every such drive that especially involves children. They must inspect that everything is fine and then the drive must be carried out so that further such negligence does not occur.

Reference articles

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/maharashtra-12-children-administered-sanitiser-drops-instead-of-polio-vaccine-in-yavatmal-2361606

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On National Polio Immunization Day, Maharashtra Children Given Doses of Sanitizer Instead Of Polio Drops; Case Of Sheer Negligence
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Negligence on the part of the health workers could cost the lives of children below 5 years as sanitizers were administered instead of polio drops.
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