Three children have died in Pakistans Sindh province after they were administered expired vaccines for measles, officials said today.
The deaths were reported at the Peoples University Medical Hospital in Nawabshah district yesterday.
The children who expired hours after allegedly being administered the vaccines were identified as Husnain Brohi, 5, Hania Noor, 6, and a nine-month-old Qamar Din, they said.
Three other children aged below five years were still hospitalised and said to be unconscious after being given the same vaccine, a health official said.
Health authorities and doctors said samples have been collected from the children for testing as the vaccines were administered by a woman health worker.
"We have started an inquiry into the matter," the official said.
Parents of Hania Noor claim that a lady health worker visited their home yesterday and administered the anti-measles vaccines despite them protesting.
"Their condition started deteriorating shortly afterward and we rushed them to the hospital," one of the parents said.
They were later shifted to PUMH, but a lack of immediate medical attention led to three of the six children losing their lives, the parent claimed. PTI CORR KIS KIS KIS