Anganwadi Worker's Death: CM Biren orders strong action against erring officials

A 48-year-old Anganwadi worker Wahengbam Ningol Naorem Ongbi Sundari of Kumbi Terakhong died on Friday a week after being administered Covishield vaccine. The mortal remains of the deceased has been handed over to the family after conducting post mortem.

Family of deceased Anganwadi worker meet CM Biren (PHOTO: Twitter)

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Saturday instructed concerned authority to take strong action against erring officials a day after an Anganwadi worker died a week after being administered Covishield vaccine.

The chief minister expressed his condolence and assured compensation after hearing the grievances of the family of the deceased. He said in a Facebook post that he has also instructed to issue strong instructions to concerned officials for ensuring strict compliance of COVID-19 vaccination guidelines.

Meanwhile, the body of 48-year-old Anganwadi worker Wahengbam Ningol Naorem Ongbi Sundari of Kumbi Terakhong who died on Friday at CHC Moirang, has been handed over to family members after conducting post mortem on Saturday at RIMS Hospital, Imphal.

The post mortem examination was conducted by a medical board consisting of associate professor, department of Pathology, RIMS Dr Ratan Konjengbam; associate professor, department of Medicine, RIMS Dr T Jeetenkumar and assistant professor, department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, RIMS Dr Kh Pradipkumar at RIMS mortuary.

Sundari, wife of N Roken of Kumbi Terakhong, had complained of allergy and fever after being administered Covishield vaccine on February 12 at Public Health Centre, Kumbi in Bishnupur district.

As her condition worsened, she was admitted to CHC Moirang on Tuesday for treatment. She was again admitted to PHC Kumbi on Wednesday. Due to her deteriorating health, she was brought to Imphal on Friday but admitted to CHC Moirang instead as she was under critical conditions. She was administered oxygen for 20/30 minutes, but it was not effective and she was declared dead.

In this connection, the state health society issued an office memorandum on Saturday directing all the CMOs, DFWO, DIOs, MSs of government and private hospitals to enquire about the history of allergie and medications and treatment for other diseases before vaccination.

Stating that COVID vaccination is a voluntary exercise, the memorandum advised the authorities concerned to conduct district Adverse Effect Following Immunization (AEFI) meeting regularly and just after AEFI cases.

Moreover, it further advised to conduct management of AEFI training of all Medical Officers (MOs) of the district.


Anganwadi worker dies a week after receiving Covishield vaccine

First Published:Feb. 20, 2021, 2:49 p.m.

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