Protests rock Mandya village after infant dies

Mysuru: Agitators in Mandya flocked outside the Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, where they stayed through Friday night, protesting against the deaths of two children who had been given vaccinations at the anganavadi in Chindagiri Doddi village. The protest was led by the parents of the two victims. Villagers even exhumed the body of one child, who died on Thursday night, after it was handed over to the parents without a post mortem. The bodies of both victims are now being at the MIMS mortuary

The faulty vaccine was reportedly given to nine children, causing the death of two infants who were a little over a month old. Two more are in the ICU at MIMS, while the rest have also been kept under observation.

The agitators are demanding compensation and action against the Mandya DHO Dr. K Mohan. Meanwhlie, Nataraj, Director, Health Department, said a committee has been formed to look into the issue and that no action can be initiated until the report is out. This did not, however, pacify the protestors, who were joined by former MLS Srinivas and MP Puttaraju. BJP Leader R. Ashok also visited the spot along with the Mandya DC and SP.

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