KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 8 – Klang MP Charles Santiago and Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar today called for a “thorough and transparent investigation” by forensic experts into the post-mortem report of the late Revnesh Kumar who died in January, 18 days after a Covid-19 vaccine jab.
“A few days ago, the health minister (Khairy Jamaluddin) met with Revnesh’s parents for 30 minutes. But from what I’ve gathered through media reports is that Revnesh’s family is unhappy with the reasons given by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
“I would like to recommend that the post-mortem report be examined thoroughly by a special task force composed of independent experts. This will give confidence to other parents and the public, in general, to vaccinate their children against Covid,” Charles said in his debate on the motion of thanks on the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah also called for the immediate issuance of Revnesh’s post-mortem report so that parents can be convinced that vaccines are safe.
Nurul Izzah recently recovered from Covid-19 along with her son. She said both her children are fully vaccinated.
“I think it’s important for the media to report – while we do give the space for Revnesh’s parents to get an assurance or a guarantee (from the government), it is also important (for the Health Ministry) to immediately publish and make public the post-mortem report.
“What are your thoughts (YB Klang) when we talk about this vaccination issue widely — with news reports that are frightening that are not based on evidence — because ultimately, it affects people, especially in the low-income group. Parents will be afraid to vaccinate their children when that is the best way to protect them from the dangers of Covid-19,” she said.
Following a meeting with Khairy at the MOH’s headquarters in Putrajaya, Revnesh’s parents Vijayarani Govindan and L. Naresh Kumar told CodeBlue they were dissatisfied with the MOH’s failure to identify what killed their teenage son, more than a month after his death.
Revnesh died suddenly last January 16 at age 13 after collapsing in an apartment lift, 18 days after receiving his first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine on December 30.
Khairy earlier announced that Revnesh’s post-mortem and results of all tests that have been conducted so far, including a histological examination, will be discussed by forensic experts in a peer review session on March 7.