13th June 2024
Make a Donation

‘Vaccination gone wrong’ probe team to visit Kapoeta

Author : | Published: Friday, July 21, 2017

Mothers line up at one of the few clinics in Kapoeta North county to get their children vaccinated | Credit | Unknown

A technical committee will next week visit families of the 15 children who died in botched measles vaccination campaign in May this year, the governor of Kapoeta has said.

The team, comprising of officials from the national ministry of health and the UN’s children’s agency, will also determine those responsible for the incident for accountability.

A preliminary investigation carried out by a team in May showed the children were injected with the same syringe.

Measles vaccine

The botched measles vaccination campaign reportedly saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines.

The committee established that the reuse of the syringes caused contamination, which affected the vaccinated children.

“The committee will finalize work; they will be able to point out where the mistake was and who did what,” Lobong told Eye Radio.

Earlier, Governor Lobong said the state government would compensate families that have lost their children and that those responsible would also be punished.

“They will also meet families of the victims – the children. They will be able to hear from them how they want to be compensated,” he added.

The recommendations will be presented to the Council of Ministers for deliberation and the process of compensating the bereaved families.

Related Coverage:

15 children die in Kapoeta’s measles vaccination campaign

Gov’t to compensate families of botched vaccination in Kapoeta – Lobong

Lobong, Riek in parliament over measles vaccination deaths

Support Eye Radio, the first independent radio broadcaster of news, information & entertainment in South Sudan.

Make a monthly or a one off contribution.

error: Alert: Content is protected !!