Girl from Belarus' Grodno dies after Belgian vaccine

Girl from Belarus' Grodno dies after Belgian vaccine

Shocking news came from Grodno June 1. Investigators are trying to find out the reasons for the death of the 6-year-old girl. She died in a clinic on her mother's arms after vaccination. The child's condition deteriorated soon after she was given a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. Medical assistance was provided but the girl could not be saved.

All vaccines and syringes were confiscated from the medical center. The Minister of Health set up a departmental committee, which is working on site and is finding out the circumstances of the incident. 

Konstantin Vilchuk, director of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center Mother and Child:
There were no previous adverse reactions of this child to the vaccine. Health condition allowed this vaccination. Medical workers always make sure the vaccination is possible before actually giving the vaccine to a person.

Vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella, and diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough are made according to a special calendar, when the child turns a year, and then at the age of 6. Additional clarification will be provided by the health ministry of Belarus in the near future on the issues of vaccination. According to investigators, vaccine was Belgian. It has been used since 2014 and its purchases are pre-planned.

Not long ago, the same vaccine was given to nine other children at Health Center No1 of Grodno. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on improper performance of professional duties by healthcare workers of the clinic, which caused death by negligence. A forensic expert analysis and a number of other studies will be made, which will help resolve the causes of the tragedy.

Vladimir Laikov, chief medical examiner for the Grodno region:
That commission consists of experienced professionals. These experts will study the entire documentation and the patient's medical records. A number of extra studies are planned.