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UP: Toddler dies after allegedly being given Polio drops; Probe underway

In yet another shocking case of medical negligence, a 9-month-old child died on Wednesday after he was allegedly given polio drops in Banda, Uttar Pradesh. The district authorities have set up a probe into the incident. Banda DM H Lal said strict action will be taken against people responsible.

“It’s unfortunate, this is first the time such a thing has happened. I will constitute a committee to investigate the matter. Appropriate action will be taken against the guilty,” DM H Lal said.

The case emerged just a few days after two infants had died while 32 were hospitalised in Hyderabad after they were administered wrong vaccine.

In September 2018, panic had spread in many states after contaminated polio drops were administered to children during a drive. As per reports, polio virus type 2 was discovered in some batches of oral polio vaccine made by a pharmaceutical company based in Ghaziabad.

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The health ministry had monitored the situation and asked the surveillance team in Uttar Pradesh to trace all children who were given the vaccine.

Another case was reported in Ludhiana in September 2017 when a toddler died only after an hour after he was administered polio drops which were given as part of the door-to-door drive conducted by the Angandwadi workers.

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