Vaccines were administered at the Nampally Urban Health Centre, following which the children were taken to Niloufer Hospital.

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news Vaccines Thursday, March 07, 2019 - 16:49

In a shocking incident which has come to light from Telangana’s Nampally area, one infant died and four others are on ventilator, a day after they got vaccinated at the Urban Health Centre in the locality. The parents of Sheikh Faizan, a one and a half month old baby from Nampally, rushed him to Niloufer Hospital on Thursday morning after the child fell ill. Upon reaching the hospital, doctors declared the child dead. Subsequently, 15 other children were also admitted to the hospital after falling ill following the vaccination conducted at the same health centre.

Of the 15 children who have been admitted to the hospital, four of them are said to be in a serious condition and have been placed on ventilator support.

According to a source from Niloufer Hospital, 92 children were vaccinated in total at the Nampally Urban Health Centre. As part of routine protocol, they were also given a tablet combination of paracetamol and tramadol -- which is an opioid -- in order to prevent fever. However, the children all presented with a sudden onset of fever, altered sensorium and some even had seizures.

It all started on Wednesday morning when the Urban Health Centre in Nampally, Telangana was conducting vaccinations for children. The children were given a tablet following the administration of the vaccine, which one doctor from Niloufer hospital alleges are the reason behind the children falling ill.

“The vaccines couldn’t have cause the death of the child. I suspect that the drug that the children were given after the vaccine might have led to the death of one child and hospitalisation of others,” said one doctor from Niloufer hospital to the media on Thursday.

Parents began protesting outside the hospital earlier in the day, until police reached the spot and dispersed the crowd. According to the Nampally police, no complaint has yet been filed.

Earlier in August 2018, in a similar instance, parents of a two-month-old complained after the child died following a vaccine administration. Three other children had fallen sick. At the time, the doctor at the Public Health Centre was suspended for allegedly being negligent.

This is a developing story.

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