|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Sept 25: As many as fifteen students of a government school allegedly fell ill after they were administered measles-rubella (MR) vaccine in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
The health officials appealed to the parents to not panic and assured them that World Health Organisation (WHO) approved vaccine was administered to the children.
The officials said at least 15 students of a government school at village Sangla in Surankote area complained of nausea, stomach ache and vomiting after receiving MR vaccine on Tuesday morning.
They said the students were shifted to Surankote Hospital late in the afternoon after "worried parents created a scene" at the school.
Block Medical Officer, Surankote, Zulfikar Choudhary said there was no need to panic and asked the public to not pay any attention to "rumours".
"After getting information, we rushed to the said school along with a paediatrician who checked the students and found them alright," Choudhary said, adding that the students were shifted to the hospital for observation after the parents gathered there.
"We gave the vaccine to 1,500 children since yesterday. In total, we are covering 48,000 children in the block. It is safe and good for the children," he said.
Choudhary asked the people to not pay any heed to the rumours and cooperate with the department to ensure the campaign is successful.
A child, who is suffering from hysteria, complained about dizziness and vomiting and it had a psychological impact on the other children, an official said.