The Sri Lankan Health Ministry has come under some pressure by the opposition over the Rubella Vaccination Program that has seen two school girls die soon after being vaccinated.
Questions are also being raised over the quality of the vaccine, which is manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India. However Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva has dismissed doubts over the quality of the vaccine, stating that they were of international standards and there was nothing wrong with the vaccine that was given to the girls.
The latest death came just a few days ago when a school girl from Wariyapola in northern Sri Lanka died following complications that arose soon after the Rubella vaccine was given. Back in March this year, another girl had died in similar circumstances and though the vaccination program was halted pending quality checks, it soon resumed with the Sri Lankan government stating that there was nothing wrong with the vaccine but instead the person who administered the vaccine was not qualified to do so.