More than 100 children were admitted in a government hospital in West Bengal's Arambagh region of Hooghly district after the children were given Hepatitis B vaccine orally instead of Polio drops. The incident came to light after some children started vomiting after taking the vaccine. The admitted children were all under five years of age.
Later, all were admitted to a nearby hospital. It was discovered that the kids were given Hepatitis B vaccine instead of Polio. Even as 81 children were admitted during the time, the toll has been continuously increasing, with latest reports indicating 114 children admitted to the hospital. Senior pediatrician Dr. Apurba Ghosh said that all the children are fine now and are given Polio drops, reported nnis.
Dr. Ghosh said, “81 children have been admitted, instead of Polio, children were fed Hepatitis B vaccine, due to which three to four children vomited and few others were also admitted. All the kids are healthy now and they are having food properly. Those kids who didn't have polio were also given the vaccine and now we are discharging the kids one by one.”
Dr. Ghosh also said that the incident occurred due to the lapses of health department officers. He also added that inquiry officers are investigating the matter. “This is health officers mistake, that's why other officers have gone there and investigation is going on. We have given treatment to all the kids and they are fine now.” Six persons have already been suspended for the lapse. Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has ordered an inquiry as well.