18 Children Hospitalised After Hepatitis B Vaccination
Report by Orissadiary correspondent; Bhubaneswar: At least 18 children were hospitalised on Saturday after being administered the Hepatitis B vaccine at a health camp in Totapada village near Khurda by an NGO ‘Naibedya’. Around 50 children were given the injection. 18 of them suddenly fell ill and were admitted to the district headquarter hospital after complaints of head reeling and vomiting. Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Anu Garg said an inquiry has been ordered.

These children were Papuna Kandi( nine months), Chitta Ranjan Muduli( 11 months), Achyuta Dehuri( 10 months), Lipi Begum ( 2 years), Hiddautula Khan ( 6 years), Masina Bibi ( 6 years), Afril Begum ( 6 years), Sunil Kandi ( 8 years), Sukanti Muduli ( 8 years), Khalida Begum ( 9 years), Khallim Khan ( 10 years), Alam Khan ( 6 years), Emran Khan ( 6 years), Chiita Muduli ( 14 months), Zaheed Begum ( 8 years), Mahamad Khan ( Nine years), Rasuda Begum ( 11 years) and Dayan Khan ( 6 years). After the police got a tip off, it raided the places and detained four people Dipak Kumar Mangaraj, Bholeswar Parida, Braja Kishore Rout, Trinath Sahu.
Meanwhile, the police detained four persons of the NGO in this regard. We are questioning the NGO personnel. The conditions of the infants were stable, Bikram Keshari Jena, the inspector-in-charge of Khurda police station said.

Source: Orissa, 25th April 2009.

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