CHITRAL: Twin brothers aged eight months died in Denin area after they were administered polio drops, their father claimed on Thursday.
However, a doctor associated with the polio vaccination rejected the allegation regarding the death of twin brothers from polio drops and said the kids were already sick and had many diseases from birth.
Talking to local media, Mujibur Rehman, a resident of Gahtak Denin, claimed that his twin sons Muhammad and Ahmed, aged eight months, were well and fine before they were given the polio drops.
During the ongoing drive to vaccinate children against measles and rubella, his minor sons were administered polio drops.
He said soon after they were administered the polio drops, the twins started vomiting and passing loose motion.
The twin brothers were taken to a child specialist who prescribed medicine and advised the parents to continue it but there was no improvement, and the kids passed away after about 24 hours.
The father said a tragedy has struck his family and the government should probe the death of twin brothers.
The focal person for the district administration could not be contacted for comments.
However, coordinator for the Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI) Dr Farman Nizar ruled out the possibility of the kids’ death from polio drops. He expressed sorrow over the tragedy but said the twin children were weak and had many diseases since birth.
Dr Farman said polio drops had been given to thousands of children in Chitral but there had been no complaints of any sort, adding the allegation by the father of the twins was unfounded.
He said taking advantage of the ongoing drive for vaccination of children against measles and rubella, polio drops were also being given to children under five years of age. –Muhkam Uddin Ayuni