Agra: Aligarh police has booked two women employees, including an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), of an urban primary health centre in Jamalpur after an inquiry report revealed that one of them was responsible for discarding 29 syringes filled with Covid vaccine without administering them to the beneficiaries. Besides the ANM, the centre’s medical officer incharge was booked for hiding the facts from her seniors.
The health department has already cancelled the contract of the ANM, identified as Neha Khan, and transferred the medical officer incharge Dr Aarfeen Zehra to Harduaganj community health centre and stopped her two salary increments. Other staff members have also been replaced with the new ones.
Chief medical officer (CMO) BP Kalyani told TOI that the reason behind discarding the vaccines is still not clear. He said, apparently, she did not administer the vaccines to the recipients even after filling the syringes. However, during the inquiry the ANM has claimed that she was “mentally upset” on that day.
On Sunday, police registered an FIR against the ANM and the PHC incharge Dr Zehra under sections 203 (giving false information respecting an offence committed), 176 (omission to give notice or information to public servant by person legally bound to give it), 465 (forgery), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and section 4 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 and section 3, 4 of The Epidemic Disease Act at Civil Lines police station.
According to the FIR, the incident took place on May 22, when the vaccination of 18-44 years was taking place at the PHC. According to the CoWin portal record, 200 beneficiaries were administered Covid vaccines. However, 22 syringes filled with Covaxin were later found thrown away near the centre on the same day.
The inquiry, conducted by two additional chief medical officers — Dr MK Mathur and Dr Durgesh Kumar — found that the data was uploaded on the portal without administering the vaccine doses to the beneficiaries.
During the probe, Khan said that she had administered only 15 vaccines, but in a recorded telephonic conversation between her and another employee of the centre she had claimed that she vaccinated at least 70 people. Dr Zehra was aware about this incident but she neither took any action against the ANM nor informed any of her seniors.