15 kids dead in clumsy Sudanese vaccination

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KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – GOVERNMENT and children’s rights groups have lamented the death of at least 15 minors at the hands of unqualified and untrained vaccination teams in South Sudan.
The minors, who were undergoing vaccination against measles in rural and remote Nachodokopele village, Kauto County, succumbed to toxicity resulting from the administration of a contaminated vaccine used during the exercise.
Thirty-two other children suffered similar symptoms of fever, vomiting and diarrhoea but recovered.
Investigations by the National Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Committee, supported by World Health Organisation and United Nations Children’s Fund Vaccine safety experts indicated the vaccination team did not adhere to the WHO-approved immunization safety standards.
A single reconstitution syringe was used for multiple vaccine vials for the entire four days of the campaign instead of being discarded after single use.
The reuse of the reconstitution syringe causes it to become contaminated which in turn contaminates the measles vaccine vials and infects the vaccinated children.
A probe also established the vaccination team did not follow cold chain protocols as specified in the Measles Supplementary Immunization Activities guidelines as vaccines were stored in a building with no cold chain facilities for four days.
Thus, vaccines were not maintained at the recommended temperature ranges to preserve their quality.
Dr Samson Paul Baba, special health advisor to government, said, “This tragic event could have been prevented by adhering to WHO immunization safety standards.”
He said the health ministry had commissioned a multiagency administrative committee to review the AEFI report and give appropriate recommendations.
CAJ News


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