BHUJ/HYDERABAD: Five infants, around 10-months-old, died after being vaccinated for measles at Gandhidhams Rambaugh Hospital on Wednesday. Three others are said to be serious. The entire stock of this vaccine in the state has been withdrawn pending lab tests and measles vaccination in the district has been stopped till further notice.
Following the deaths at 10 am, people went berserk breaking furniture and fixtures and beating up Dr Abhishek Makwana, who was on duty. Four infants died within minutes of being vaccinated by two female health workers while one infant died after an hour.
The four who died immediately were Daksha Gangji Gandhi of Gandhidham, Vaishali Mahesh Purabia of Adipur, Yuvraj Kishan Chauhan of Adipur and Veer Manubhai Chaudhry.
Relatives of the unfortunate infants have refused to accept the bodies demanding intervention of chief minister Narendra Modi and are insisting on his immediate arrival at the hospital. Modi expressed grief over the deaths and announced an assistance of Rs one lakh to each family. “It is a very painful incident and the state government has ordered a high-level probe into the matter,” he said.