Rawalpindi: The district administration decided to take action against five health department officials for administring expired polio vaccines among 50 children. The Rawalpindi district administration has also sought help from the Punjab Health Department to take up the delivery of the expired vaccination from the Rawalpindi Division.
A week earlier at least 50 children took expired polio vaccination in the Dhoke Budhal village on Chak Beli Khan Road. Two officials got suspension letters after the incident and Punjab health department along with the district administration lodge inquiries.
According to the inquiry results, the district administration found negligence on the part of five officials. These officials include the storekeeper, supervisor, area in-charge and vaccinators. The vaccinators did not check the expiration date on the vaccine before administering it to the kids.
The inquiry also revealed that the National Institute of Health (NIH) provided the vaccination to the Rawalpindi division. The batch number in the official paperwork was different from the batch numbers stamped on the delivered vaccine.
Deputy Commissioner Saifullah Dogar told a local news portal that all the Punjab health department supervised all the deliveries. Furthermore, the vaccine that was supposed to be delivered to the Rawalpindi division was en route to Lahore.
Moreover, Dogar accused the official of negligence as they failed to notice dates before handing it over to area in-charges. He ensured that the children who received the vaccine did not observe any negative reaction or effect. According to health experts, the expired vaccine was harmless. However, the affected children will receive a new dosage after a few days.
Dogar revealed that the district health got new directions to ensure a double-check of expiration date before receiving lots from provisional health departments.