SIKANDER HAIDER
DERA GHAZI KHAN
On the order of a civil judge of Dera Ghazi Khan, a team of medical experts exhumed the bodies of twins - brother and sister - in Basti Malana graveyard near Kot Chutta, and took samples for forensic tests.
The team included Medical Superintendent Tehsil Headquarter Kot Chutta Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Khosa while local magistrate and Police of Kot Chutta were also present.
Khinsa Iman and Muhammad Usman, the kids of Allah Nawaz, a resident of Basti Malan tehsil Kot Chutta, had passed away on February 4, 2015 after they were administered measles vaccine during the anti-measles campaign then launched in district. On the complaint of their grandfather Ghulam Yaseen, a former policeman, the court had ordered the exhumation of the babies. The Police had already registered a case.
Talking to The Nation, Dr Ghulam Mustafa Khosa said that on the order of Health Department, he had exhumed the bodies, took body sample for forensic test and handed over the same to the police officials present.  When connected, Sub Inspector Mukhtiar Hussain who was present there with other officials, refused to comment on the issue.
When connected Dr Muhammad Shafiq, then in-charge of the anti-measles campaign DG Khan, said that he did not know about the exhumation, adding that he was not present in DG Khan. He further said that two inquires committees, one of DCO DG Khan and second of Secretary Health Lahore had already recommended postpartum of the deceased.
The Nation tried to get the version of the EDO health and DHO DG Khan but both the officers were not present in the city.
However, a police officer on the condition of anonymity said that samples of the children had been collected and would be sent to Punjab Forensic Science Agency Lahore for tests. He added that the health officials were trying to conceal the facts and the official negligence in the matter.
Telling the story, Allah Nawaz said that on February 3, 2015, an anti-measles team came to his house and insisted vaccination of children. He refused as his children were only 3 months old but he was threatened by the team of legal action on refusal, he said.
“After a long discussion with Dr Muhammad Shafique, each child was administered expired injections of anti-measles vaccine by Lady Health Worker Fahmida Tanveer. My kids’ condition got deteriorated after the injections. They remained restless the whole night. Later on, they started vomiting. Then bloodstained froth came out from their mouth and they died,” he detailed.
He also provided photo copy of the complaints submitted to Kot Chutta SHO, Punjab Ombudsman, the prime minister, the president and chief justice of Pakistan. With tears rolling on his cheeks, he demanded justice with strict action against the perpetrators. Notably, more than 10,000 useable vaccines were dissipated near Band Road in River Ravi on 16 February, 2015 by Health Department while five children had died due to anti-measles injections during anti-measles campaign in Balochistan.