‘Girl’s condition stable, unrelated to MR vaccine’

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 6 December 2018

“The young girl identified the parents today and is on the path of recovering. She has responded well to the present treatment and is stable. For further testing, her blood samples have been sent to Mumbai and National Institute of Virology (NIV),” said Dr Chandanwale. He further added that the reports are awaited.

Pune: The health condition of the eight-year-old girl admitted at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) is stable and improving, informed officials at the SGH. 

The girl was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of SGH on Tuesday. Her parents alleged that she had developed ‘paralytic’ symptoms after she was administered measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine on Saturday.

However, the girl was later diagnosed to have the Guillain-Barre syndrome, an illness related to the nervous system that weakens the muscles. And her condition had nothing to do with the vaccine.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean of SGH said that the girl is stable.

“The young girl identified the parents today and is on the path of recovering. She has responded well to the present treatment and is stable. For further testing, her blood samples have been sent to Mumbai and National Institute of Virology (NIV),” said Dr Chandanwale. He further added that the reports are awaited.

Speaking about the girl’s condition, Dr Ramchandra Hankare, Chief of PMC Health Department who also looks after the MR vaccine drive that is carried out in the city, said that the girl is stable.

“The condition of the girl is stable and no parents should panic as the vaccines are absolutely safe. The staff present during vaccination is fully trained and hence, there is no need to worry. We urge to parents not to believe in rumours and get the children vaccinated as ‘herd vaccination’ will help further immunity from deadly diseases like measles and rubella,” said Hankare.

Request to pvt practitioners
Government authorities have asked private medical practitioners to not administer MMR vaccine, that is measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, for one month as there is already an ongoing campaign of the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine.

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