Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccines have claimed the lives of three children in the Belagavi District. The children were administered vaccines at a primary health centre on January 12.
The probe into the death of three babies after their measles-rubella (MR) vaccine here, has revealed that negligence on the part of one of the health workers is the reason for the tragedy.
Following the probe, a government health worker has been suspended. Two other girl children, one 18-month-old and another 12-month-old are recovering in the hospital.
The health worker who inoculated the babies at Anganwadi centre in Ramdurg taluk of Belagavi district had allegedly not taken aseptic or surgically sterile measures which led to the deaths. Children below the age of 15 months are given the first dose against MR and above 15 months are given the second dose.
Belagavi District Health Officer Dr S.V. Munyal said that the guilty will be punished without any mercy regarding the incident.
The three children who died after taking the vaccines have been identified as Pavitra Hulagur (13 months) and Madhu Umesh Karagundi (14 months), of Bochabal village, Ramdurg taluk, and Chetan (15 months), of Mallapur village of Ramdurg taluk.