In Tripura, three children that were under the nationwide programme started in Tripura on May 23, died after they were administrated with Japanese encephalitis vaccination. These deaths triggered controversy and people are blaming the health officials for negligence.
The deceased were identified as Kritika Das and Ariful Islam Maisan from Sepahijala District, and Saheli Debbarma of Mandwai under the Tripura’s West District.
Kritika, 10, a sixth standard student died at GBP Hospital in Agartala, on June 1 after she was administered with the anti-Japanese Encephalitis vaccination. Her parents has lodge a police complaint against two multi-purpose workers who conducted her vaccination, even after knowing that she was down with a high fever.
Similarly, Ariful,12, died after a few days following the administration of the anti-Japanese Encephalitis vaccination at Tripura Medical College on May 30.
Saheli Debbarma, 14, fell sick after taking the vaccine on May 28, 2015, and was shifted to Advanced Medical Research Institute in Kolkata on June 1 where she died on the following night, June 2.
Senior health department officials, including commissioner M. Nagaraju, sought to dispel the impression that vaccination against Japanese encephalitis were responsible for the deaths. He emphasized that the vaccination did not lead to their death and was not fatal.
Date: 2015, June 2