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Masvingo baby dies after immunisation

By Correspondent

A BABY has died in Zimbabwe after being immunized, it has been reported.

Reports say 17-month-old baby in Masvingo South District died on Thursday last week after he was reportedly immunised during the nationwide campaign against measles.

Zvikomborero Gonde of Muzenza Village under Chief Shumba in Masvingo died seven days after vaccination.

In an interview after her burial, her father Shepherd Gonde said Zvikomborero fell sick on June 22, an hour after she had been immunised against measles at Chamakondo Clinic.

“She started vomiting on our way from the clinic and we decided to seek treatment at Morgenster Mission, but unfortunately she died seven days after vaccination,” Gonde said.

Health authorities in Masvingo have reportedly instructed parents with immunised children to return for check-ups.

Another child from the same village who was also immunised, was yesterday admitted at Morgenster Mission Hospital where he is receiving treatment after suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting. Hundreds of children who were immunised across the country were last week reported to have fallen sick.

Health and Child Welfare minister Henry Madzorera yesterday said he had not received any reports concerning the death of Zvikomborero Gonde or any related cases.

“I am not aware of the case because I have not received any report from the Masvingo Provincial Medical Director, but it is not unusual for children to suffer from fever after immunisation,” Madzorera said.

The minister, however, urged parents with children showing signs of sickness after immunisation to return to health centres for check-ups. Newsday