50 children fall sick after administering polio drops in Peshawar

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50 children faint after administering polio drops in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: In a setback to the polio eradication campaign from the country, condition of around 50 children deteriorated after anti-polio drops were administered to them in Mashokhel area in Badabher, the outskirts of Peshawar here on Monday.
According to sources, the children fell sick of allegedly reaction to vaccines during an immunization campaign in Peshawar. The children’s health deteriorated soon after anti-polio drops was administered. The affected children were immediately shifted to Mashokhel Hospital and Hayatabad Medical Complex Hospital where their conditions were stated to be stable and out of any risk.Mashokhel residents protest against anti-polio drops
Local residents and parents of the affected children stage protest demonstration outside the Mashokhel Hospital and demanded an independent investigation into the matter to fix responsibility. The enraged residents broke down the main gate and set fire at the Mashokhel Hospital as children allegedly fell sick after being administered anti-polio drops.
Residents staged a demonstration outside the hospital and damaged the property. The protesters also broke down the main gate of the hospital and set the building on fire.
Hayatabad Medical Complex spokesperson said the children are stable and that they complained of dizziness.
Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Coordinator Kamran Afridi said, “There can be no reaction to the anti-polio vaccine. The vaccine was not expired and the condition of all the children is normal.”
Afridi further said, “Doctors also said the children did not get a reaction from the vaccine. There are parents in Mashokhel who do not want to administer the drops to their children and they could have felt sick owing to other reasons.”
A countrywide campaign to administer anti-polio drops to children under five years of age started today.
National Coordinator of Polio Eradication Programme Dr Rana Safdar said that the anti-polio drive will target 39 million children in all four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

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