26 Dec

75pc govt hospitals still using obsolete rabies vaccine

Faiza Ilyas in Dawn:

KARACHI, click Dec 25: The government and the media have not yet given due priority to rabies that claims thousands of lives every year in the country.

One major reason of this high mortality is the fact that the government has not developed any strategy to address this serious public health issue.

Official apathy can also be gauged from the fact that 75 per cent of the public sector hospitals are still using the old vaccine which has been found ineffective in many cases and declared obsolete by the World Health Organisation two decades ago.These points were highlighted by Dr Naseem Salahuddin, head of the department of infectious diseases, Indus Hospital, at a public awareness programme held at Aga Khan University auditorium on Friday.

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