Youth falls ill after vaccination drive
10 May 2009, 0457 hrs IST, TNN

AHMEDABAD : A vaccination drive by a private city clinic in Astodiya went awry after one of the persons, Piyush Rana, 19, fell ill within minutes after the injection. The vaccination was against measles, mumps and rubella (also called German measles).

Rana was rushed to VS hospital under emergency. His father, Arvind Rana, says, "We paid around Rs 100 for the vaccination programme but after getting injected my son complained of dizziness and fell on the road."

Recently, many NGOs and private institutes have started conducting vaccination drives in city, which requires no clearance from the health department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). A senior AMC official says, "There is a serious lack of guidelines for these kind of organisations. Many such NGOs have cropped up and they can jeopardise many lives for the sake of a quick buck."

The incident was reported to the Khadia police station. Police inspector, Khadia police station, AB Bhimavat says, "We got a complaint from the public gathered here and have recorded the statement of the affected person admitted at the hospital and will be taking necessary action in this regard."

Chairman, health committee, AMC, Praful Raval says, "Citizens should check the credentials of doctors and the organisations before enrolling for such vaccination programmes."