On Monday, 12 children were given hand sanitiser drops instead of oral polio vaccine drops. This happened during the Polio vaccination drive wherein a case of gross negligence was registered in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra. 

The children were aged below 5 years. The one’s affected were admitted to a government hospital. Their condition is said to be stable. As per the district official the healthcare workers involved will face action for the lapse. 

The incident took place on Sunday at Bhanbora PHC (Primary Health Centre) in Kapsikopri village when the National Pulse Polio vaccination drive for children aged 1-5 years was in process.

Yavatmal Zilla Parishad CEO Shrikrishna Panchal shared that 12 children belonging to the age group of below 5 years were given two drops of sanitiser instead of polio drops. Furthermore he added, out of these 12, one of them complained of vomiting and uneasiness.

He also shared that all these 12 children who were given sanitizer drops rather than polio drops were admitted to the Government Medical College in Yavatmal. Presently their condition is stable and is under observation.

On asking about who were present, he said that as per the initial information, three healthcare workers which includes a doctor, Anganwadi sevika and an ASHA volunteer were present at the PHC at the time of incident. He added that an inquiry is underway and their suspension will soon be rolled out.