Appeal for calm after polio death rumours spark panic 

Srinagar: Authorities on Sunday appealed for calm after rumoured deaths of children following polio vaccination in the Kashmir Valley triggered a mad run to hospitals by hundreds of anxious parents with their children.

Huge crowds thronged hospitals across south Kashmir in the wake of the rumours, fearing for their own children who had been vaccinated, even as officials insisted that not a single death had occurred anywhere.

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Mosques also made announcements asking parents not to panic.

“No death has been reported in the valley due to polio drops,” Anantnag Chief Medical Officer Fazil Kochak told Media Sources on phone, adding “miscreants are propagating false information through social media.

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“Parents are requested not to heed these rumours which have no basis at all,” he added.

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