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Minor Girl’s Death in Jharsuguda: Parents Blame Vaccination, Health Dept Dismisses Allegation

**Jharsuguda:** A minor girl of Lakhanpur block here died on Sunday after reportedly having bouts of diarrhea and flu. Since the girl had been administered Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine on January 29, her parents alleged that she succumbed because of the side-effects post-vaccination.

The minor, Anju Kisan was a student of Government-run of Banjari Sevashram School in the area. After the doctors, pronounced her dead, Anju’s father refused to go for a post mortem and left the district headquarters hospital with her body, as a mark of protest.

Her father Dani Kisan said, “My daughter was reluctant to take the vaccine since she was already sick. Despite that, she was administered with the MR vaccine that aggravated her sickness.”

He added that the school authority summoned him to take Anju back after she complained of sickness. As her health deteriorated, Dani rushed her to the district headquarters hospital (DHH) on Sunday. The Health Department, however, has denied the allegations levelled by the minor girl’s family.

State Immunisation Officer, Dr Kamalakant Das said, total 183 students were administered the vaccine of the same day in the Sevashram school. “The rest 182 students are fit and healthy. In case there is a reaction, the symptoms will show immediately, which did not happen in this case,” Dr Das said.

Jharsuguda CDMO in-charge, Sashibhushan Patel said, “She was given the vaccine on January 29. The girl was suffering from cold and flu for which her family opted for quack treatment. We have sent our 4 member team to the Sevashram to investigate into the matter.”

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