The block in the source of more affordable anti-rabies vaccine from India and China has resulted in a serious shortage of this life-saving medication in Pakistan’s Sindh province since it grapples with rising incidents of dog bites,” an official said.
Naseem Salahuddin, Director of the Rabies Free Karachi Programme, stated there is a difference in the purchase price of the vaccine imported from India compared to the one bought from different nations.
The drug imported from India prices Rs 1,000 (USD 6) whereas the medication imported from Europe prices a whopping Rs 70,000 (USD 446), ” the official said, adding that this life-threatening drug is only accessible from the government hospitals in the nation.
The lack or lack of this anti-rabies vaccine was seen in government hospitals in the Sindh province, such as its funding Karachi as imports of this vaccine from India has ceased lately, while its import from China continues to be suspended.
There’s been a rise in the number of stray dogs around the roads of Karachi lately, whilst in the previous weeks, several 130 instances of dog bites are reported from other areas of the state.
On Monday night, at least 12 people, such as a police sub-inspector, in Karachi were admitted into hospital following a bunch of stray dogs assaulted them.
Based on media reports, over USD 36 million of anti-rabies and anti-venom vaccines are erased by Pakistan from India in the previous 16 months because of a lack of production capacity in the nation.