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Women given anti-rabies injection instead of Covid-19 vaccine in UP

In a shocking medical mix-up, three aged women who went to take the anti-Covid-19 vaccine were mistakenly given an anti-rabies injection in Shamli, Uttar Pradesh. 

The act of medical negligence by the workers at the Kandhala Community Health Centre of Shamli came to light after the condition of one of the elderly women receiving the jab became serious and the relatives complained to the chief medical officers demanding action.

The three women, identified as Saroj, 70, Anarkali, 72, and Satyavati, 60, on 8 April had visited the community health centre to get their first anti-Covid-19 jab.

As soon as they reached the centre, health workers asked them to get a syringe of Rs 10 each from outside and later they were allegedly administered the anti-rabies injection. All three elderly women, who are said to be illiterate, returned back to their respective homes after receiving the shot.

Later, the condition of one of the women started deteriorating as she started to panic and felt dizzy. Soon, the woman was rushed to a private hospital for treatment and the doctor was shocked to see the prescription of the health centre where she got the jab. After administering the doses, the women were handed anti-rabies vaccine slips, which led to a protest by their family members at the facility.

It is when the private doctor revealed that the woman has been vaccinated against rabies at the health centre. Following which relatives of the three women created an uproar and complained to CMO Shamli Sanjay Agarwal demanding action against the health workers at the centre.

Following demands for strict action against the erring medical staff, health centre in-charge Bijendra Singh said an inquiry would be conducted. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty, he said. 

Barely a few days back a woman had been vaccinated twice within a span of five minutes against Covid-19 in Kanpur Dehat district in Uttar Pradesh. The administration has since barred the vaccination duty employees from carrying mobile phones.

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