Palamau: Steps after Covid-19 vaccine for dog bite

All beneficiaries must complete a questionnaire before receiving their vaccination from Tuesday

Animesh Bisoee

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Jamshedpur

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Posted on 11/02/21, 00:57

All recipients of Covid-19 vaccines in the Palamau district must complete a questionnaire before receiving their vaccination from Tuesday.

The development comes after Raju Singh, a 51-year-old tractor driver and resident of the Naudeeha village under Palamau’s Patan Block, was given a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine instead of a rabies vaccine at the Patan Community Health Center and he was bitten by a dog.

“That was a lesson to us and we had to take such action after the bug became known on Sunday. The questionnaire with three questions was distributed to all vaccination centers by Monday evening. Instructions were also given to properly display the signs of the Covid vaccination center and places where other vaccines are being administered, ”said Dr. Anil Kumar, Palamau District Medical Officer.

All examiners (assistant nurse, midwife, and health station staff) have been instructed to ensure that questions are asked clearly before registering recipients for vaccine doses. Beneficiaries are asked if he was at the center for his first or second dose. The name of the vaccine must also be given for the second dose.

The plainclothes surgeon said Singh went to the community health center’s OPD after being bitten by a dog, where he was given a slip stating his need for a rabies vaccine. Singh mistakenly showed up at the Covid-19 vaccination center. Asked by the verifying agency to provide his cell phone number to check his vaccination status, Singh did not provide the number with which he had registered for his first and second dose. Instead, he gave his neighbor’s number. The examiner unwittingly gave him the third dose of the Covid vaccine.

“We conducted an investigation and concluded that the beneficiary failed to provide the OPD receipt and registered with someone else’s cell phone number, which created such an odd situation. However, this does not release the health workers and we will take action against them on the basis of the investigation report, ”said Dr. Kumar.

In the meantime, the local community health center and an assistant nurse midwife have been asked to monitor Singh’s health twice a day.

“The person in charge of the health center and the ANM will monitor Singh’s health for 14 days both in the morning and in the evening. We gave him the rabies vaccine on Monday. Although he’s fine, we can’t take any chances, ”said Dr. Kumar.