- Staff workers in the Yavatmal district gave sanitizer instead of polio drops to 12 children.
- The children were hospitalized at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).
THD NewsDesk, New Delhi: Staff workers at a health sub-center in Yavatmal district gave sanitizer instead of polio drops to 12 children aged between one and five. Later, the children were hospitalized at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Yavatmal. District Health Officials stated they were fine and under observation for 48 hours. The staffers guilty will be suspended, with an interrogation set on the matter.
Hari Pawar, Yavatmal District Health Officer, stated, “The children are wonderful and are under observation for 48 hours.”
Krishna Panchal, Chief Executive Officer of Yavatmal Zilla Parishad, stated, “The 12 children were administered two drops of sanitizer at Kapsi sub-center of Bhambora public health center (PHC) in Ghatanji tehsil. The three staffers there, the community health officer, ASHA worker, and Anganwadi sevika, realized around 2 pm that the children were administered sanitizer instead of polio drops. So, the parents were called again, and polio drops were administered. The local sarpanch got the information about the wrong dose and complained to higher authorities. The children were then brought to Yavatmal GMCH.”
Panchal stated regarding the children had received any questionable health symptoms, “Only one child was vomiting. But even polio drops can cause that. But that’s not the issue. It’s about the staff’s negligence. We have started an inquiry, and action will be taken against them.”
Panchal added, “This should not have happened because polio drops are in a bottle labeled with a vaccine vial monitor, which shows a particular color indicative of appropriate temperature is maintained. So we are trying to find out if the three staff members were properly trained in administering the polio dose. Normally, this responsibility rests with the medical officer of the PHC.”