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Inquiry report into Arnav’s death released

The inquiry report into the death of six-week-old Arnav who died a few hours after he was given DPT Vaccine has been released. The infant’s father had alleged his son could have been saved if doctors in Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector16 had acted on time.

The report submitted by Dr Sunil Bhalla to the UT Health Department concluded that had Emergency Medical Officer of the hospital Dr Neena Choudhary examined the baby on arrival in Emergency Duty Room, the controversy would not have risen.

The UT Health Dept on Thursday directed all its dispensaries as well as the PGI, GMSH-16 and GMCH-32 to immediately stop DTP immunization in the city and withhold the stock of the vaccine, Batch No 994. The decision was taken following the death Arnav.

The infant had died on February 8.  Within about an hour of being administered the vaccine at the Ramdarbar ESI Dispensary, Arnav had started vomiting. He was brought to Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector16 where he was declared dead.

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