Jharigaon: A seven-month-old boy Sunday died at Hirabai in Telnadi panchayat under this block in Nabarangpur district a day after he was vaccinated during a government-sponsored immunisation programme, a report said.
The deceased was identified as Kunal Santa, son of Urdev Santa. According to reports, a lady health worker of Dhanpur sub-centre visited the village Saturday and many infants of the village were administered vaccines. However, Kunal suddenly took ill in the evening. The infant succumbed in the wee hours of Sunday, the family said.
Dr Ashutosh Mishra, medical officer of Jharigaon community health centre, along with other physicians visited the village to investigate the matter.
While other babies of the village, who were immunised, had no problems, the reason behind Kunal’s death would be known after the completion of the probe, Mishra said.
At least 55 families live in Hirabai village but the administration has failed to check the infant and maternal mortality rates due to lack of sincerity on the part of government officials, the villagers alleged.
The village has neither a school nor an Anganwadi for proper education of children. The healthcare services offered by the administration are not up to the mark, the villagers alleged.