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Jharkhand man dies day after vaccine shot, third death in 10 days

A case of unnatural death has been registered at Karmatand Police Station based on his son Dwarka Mandal’s statement.

District authorities in Jharkhand’s Saraikela Kharsawan are awaiting the autopsy report of a 74-year-old man who died on Sunday, a day after he was administered a Covid-19 vaccine.

Chandradeep Singh and his wife, residents of Kandra village, received their first dose of Covishield on March 20. According to Singh’s daughter-in-law Manta Kumari, he was diabetic but it was “under control”.

“He complained of fever after the vaccine. Next day we went to the vaccination camp and we were told it was normal. However, around 4.30 pm on Sunday, he complained of restlessness and was taken to a Jamshedpur hospital where he later died… It was only after the vaccination that the complications arose,” she alleged.

Civil Surgeon Himashu Burwar said: “Singh and his wife were administered the Covishield vaccine. Singh had a co-morbid condition… We are waiting for the post-mortem report on the cause of death.”

Singh’s death is the third such case in the past 10 days.

On March 19, a 65-year-old man died within hours of being administered Covishield vaccine in Simdega district. The man, identified as Jethu Kotwar, fell unconscious after getting vaccinated and died on way to a Ranchi hospital.

On being asked if Kotwar had any co-morbid condition, Simdega Civil Surgeon Pramod Kumar Sinha said: “In my experience, villagers don’t know if they have any co-morbid condition.”

On March 15, a 72-year-old man, Shivcharan Mandal, died in Jamtara district hours after getting vaccinated. Family members said that he complained of chest pain a few hours later getting vaccinated. As per the post-mortem report, the opinion on cause of death has been “kept reserved” awaiting viscera and histopathological report.

A case of unnatural death has been registered at Karmatand Police Station based on the statement of his son Dwarka Mandal. According to him, after his father complained of chest pain, the family called a local physician – identified as Rajnath Singh – who said it could be because of a gastric problem. “He gave an injection. After 10 minutes, my father again complained of chest pain and we took him to a hospital for better treatment. But before reaching the hospital, he passed away,” Dwarka stated.

Jamtara Deputy Commissioner Faiz Ahmed Mumtaz said Covishield jab was administered to Shivcharan Mandal. “We are on the lookout for the man who apparently given him an injection… Shivcharan had other complications and in the post-mortem findings it came out that various organs were enlarged.”

The Jharkhand Health Department, however, has not come on record on the cause of the three deaths. A senior Health Department official, who did not want to be named, said post-mortem has been conducted in all deaths in the presence of a magistrate. “The medical board in its preliminary findings has said the deaths ‘are not directly related to complications arising out of the Covid-19 vaccine’. We are waiting for histopathological examination report of all three after which we will be able to conclusively tell the cause of death.”

In February, a health worker had died after getting the vaccine.

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