Rubella Vaccines; another blunder of the authorities?
SLW News Desk Colombo

UNP MP and former Health Minster Renuka Herath speaking at a news conference today said that the government had used a particular Indian brand of rubella vaccination despite it being banned in India and this resulted in the death of a child recently. The child from Wariapola died from the vaccination after being admitted to hospital.
The Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry has appointed a special four-member committee to conduct an investigation into the death of the 13-year-old schoolgirl from Minuwangete Vidyalaya on last Monday.

The committee has been asked to conduct the investigation independently following international standards and submit its report to the Ministry soon. A circular has been issued to health authorities instructing them to suspend the vaccine immediately.
Sri Lanka obtained the Rubella vaccine from a company recommended by WHO and all vaccinations used in the National vaccination program was obtained from the same company except Polio vaccines.

An incident similar occurred in Matara earlier this year when another school girl died after receiving the Rubella vaccine and another 26 girls were taken severely ill and rushed to the hospital.
 
Such mishandlings of the medical sector would result in installing fear in parents who may not send their children for vaccinations of which the consequences would be more dangerous. It is the responsibility of the relevant authorities to look into the matter with a far vigilant eye and sort the root of the problem crushing the chance of repeating such an incident.