Exposing yet another lie of Pinarayi Vijayan-led communist government, media report says that a vaccine which had not been cleared in tests by the Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) was bought and that too with the knowledge of the state government authorities, including the Health Minister.
The efficacy of the vaccine was doubted initially as a few people who were bitten by rabid dogs died even though they were administered anti-rabies shots. A major drive to inoculate canines and humans thus came under a cloud over the quality of anti-rabies vaccine procured by the State health authorities. The vaccination programme was in response to the increasing menace of stray dogs in public places in Kerala.
Now, documents obtained by Kerala based media Malayala Manorama under the Right to Information (RTI) Act reveal that claims of Veena George, the Health Minister of Kerala, in the Assembly and the Health Department regarding the purchase of unapproved anti-rabies vaccine have been proven false.
A meeting was held at the chamber of the minister on July 15 in which officials of the Kerala Medical Services Corporation Limited (KMSCL) took part had discussed the matter.
The documents also state that on July 12, the officials had informed the government that the state would be forced to buy vaccine stocks which were yet to be certified by CDL considering the high demand. Surprisingly, the Health Minister later announced in the Assembly that the state had not purchased unapproved vaccines. Health Department officials also made a similar claim.
With inputs from Malayala Manorama