‘Himachal health worker’s death not due to jab’, Health News, ET HealthWorld


SHIMLA: The death of a 56-year-old anganwadi worker from Hamirpur district at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla, on Sunday morning, 23 days after getting the Covid-19 jab, did not seem to be due to vaccine side-effects, according to hospital’s senior medical superintendent Dr Janak Raj Pakhretia.

He said that frontline health worker Promila Devi had died due to a rare autoimmune disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells in patient’s peripheral nervous system. He also said that the woman had never tested positive for coronavirus.

After Promila was administered Covid-19 vaccine on January 29, she had no complications for a week, but her condition deteriorated on February 6 when she complained of weakness in her legs and was hospitalized. When her condition worsened, she was sent to Tanda medical college in where she was diagnosed with Landry-Guillain-Barre syndrome.

‘Woman got Guillain-Barre syndrome due to antibody’

While addressing media persons in Shimla on Monday, Dr Pakhretia said the patient was on ventilator support in Tanda hospital as her respiratory muscles were also involved. At IGMC, the patient had septicaemia and multi-organ failure, heading towards renal failure.

Pakhretia. said the patient also tested positive for Cytomegalovirus (CMV) antibody and it seemed she got Guillain-Barre syndrome due to this.

He further said that prima facie it appears that the patient died because of the syndrome and not because of Covid vaccination. He said that besides postmortem, the IGMC, following the adverse event following immunization (AEFI) guidelines, is also conducting pathological autopsy to know the exact cause leading to her death, and the report will come out in 2-3 weeks.

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