Rajahmundry, May 05: The Additional Joint Collector of East Godavari, Mr Rama Rao, has initiated an inquiry in the wake of reports that a small girl Anusha had died of Rabies in the government general hospital due to lack of Rabies vaccine.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, also expressed shock over the girl’s death for want of Rabies vaccine in the Rajahmundry government hospital and directed the top officials of the Health and Medical Department to submit a report on the incident by this evening.
According to reports, Anusha was bit by a street dog on March 15 and when her parents took her to the government general hospital at Rajahmundry, the doctors told the couple that there was no Rabies vaccine in the hospital and sent away the child. When the parents took the child again after a few days, the doctors gave the same reply and sent them away after administering a Tetanus injection. However, Rabies disease aggravated and claimed Anusha’s life. The Additional Joint Collector started an inquiry after reports to this effect appeared in the print and electronic media.
Taking cognizance of Anusha’s death due to absence of Rabies vaccine in the Rajahmundry hospital suo moto, the State Human Rights Commission on Thursday directed the Principal Secretary of Health and Medical department, the District Health and Medical Officer and the Superintendent of Rajahmundry government general hospital to submit a report on the incident by May 18. (NSS)