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Manipur: A week after taking COVID-19 vaccine, Anganwadi worker passes away

IMPHAL: A 48-year-old Anganwadi worker in Manipur passed away a week after receiving her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, officials confirmed on Saturday (February 20).

W Sundari Devi of Kumbi Terakha area in Bishunpur district had received her first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 12 at Kumbhi primary health centre (PHC), they said.

Devi was taken to the Moirang community health centre (CHC) on February 18 after suffering from breathing problems where she passed away on Friday.

Meanwhile, Manipur Health Department officials said that a special team will conduct the post-mortem of the deceased to ascertain the true cause of the death.

It needs mention here that Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh met the family members of Sundari and heard their grievances.

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“Heard the grievances of the family of Anganwandi Worker W Sundari of Kumbi Terakha, Bishnupur District and expressed my deep condolences. Assured suitable compensation duly considering post mortem reports and instructed for taking strong action against defaulting officials,” the chief minister later wrote in a tweet.

Neeta Arambam, the Deputy Commissioner of the district, told media that the family members of the deceased claimed that at the time of vaccination, Sundari had told the vaccination team that she has an allergy problem. “However, the vaccination went ahead.”

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