In an awkward development, a hospital in the Uttar Pradesh district has inoculated the doses of rabies vaccine for three elderly women who came to receive the vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic. The shocking incident had displayed the plight of the people receiving vaccines if the medical officials fail to examine their details before the vaccination.
The three women have got inoculated with the rabies vaccines recently when they went to get COVID-19 shots in the Kandhla area of Shamli in western Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, the incident came to the revelation when one of the three women developed side effects such as dizziness and nausea after receiving the rabies vaccine, which would be administered for the people who had got bitten by an animal or exposed to the rabies virus.
After developing the side-effects, the affected woman had approached a private doctor and she had shown him the slip given to her at the vaccination center. The slip mentioned that she was given a rabies vaccine. The woman, who was identified as Anarkali, could be heard in the video saying she went to get vaccinated for COVID-19 but the officials vaccinated her against the dog bite.
After the incident came to light, it had stirred massive controversies following which the district magistrate had launched a probe into the matter. Following the probe, a pharmacist at the community center was suspended and a show-cause notice was issued to the medical superintendent of the community health center on Friday.
Magistrate of Shamli, Jasjeet Kaur has confirmed the incident and said that the affected women are around 60 to 70 years of age and they had stood in line at the general Outpatients Department of the community center on Thursday for getting COVID-19 vaccines instead of approaching the COVID-19 vaccination department. Speaking to a news agency, Kaur said that the SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate) and Additional Chief Medical Officer have been directed to submit their report.
She said that the incident was happened due to the lapse by the pharmacist as the rabies vaccines were administered for three women without asking them why they need rabies vaccines. Kaur further added that the rabies vaccine will be administered at the community center every Thursday and these women had stood in the line without proper awareness.
The pharmacist should have been careful before inoculating the vaccine and he had failed to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Kaur further said that the pharmacist had committed a fault and he has been suspended from the post and further course of action will be decided based on the report disclosed by SDM and the Additional Chief Medical Officer.