Amid the rising cases of Covid-19 infections, over 300 doses of anti-Covid vaccine have been stolen from a hospital in Jaipur, which prompted the authorities to file a criminal case against the theft.
An official on Wednesday said, about 320 doses of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin went missing from the Kanwatiya government hospital in Shastri Nagar.
The theft was informed by the hospital authorities to the Jaipur chief medical and health officer on Tuesday night following which the FIR was lodged on Wednesday.
Security guards were posted outside the cold storage unit in which the vaccines were stored.
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Apart from figuring out how the vaccines went missing despite the presence of guards, the police will also examine CCTV footage from the hospital.
Dr Narottam Sharma, Jaipur CMHO said, “I was informed last night that the doses have been stolen. It is surprising. A police case has been registered in this regard.”
He said the vaccines were stolen apparently on Monday and the case was registered by the hospital superintendent, added Dr. L Harshvardhan, on Wednesday
Sharma said a departmental probe too has been ordered into the theft.
Shastri Nagar police station’s SHO Dilip Singh said, one vial has 10 doses and an FIR was registered about the theft of 32 vials of corona vaccine from storage.
The case has been registered against unidentified persons under IPC sections and the matter is being investigated.
The Opposition BJP, meanwhile, targeted the state government over the issue. Party state president Satish Poonia said it is big negligence on the part of the state government.
The anti-Covid vaccines getting stolen exposes the health arrangements of the state government, he added.