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Anti-rabies vaccine unavailable in private hospitals across state

Anti-rabies vaccine unavailable in private hospitals across state

Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8

There is an acute shortage of anti-rabies vaccines throughout the state in the private sector. Be it private hospitals or chemists, the vaccines are not easily available.

They are only available at government hospitals while the private hospitals and chemists are out of supply for the past couple of months.

An enquiry from private hospitals across the state revealed that most of the vaccines are unavailable while some hospitals procured a few vaccines for emergency cases. Spokespersons of Ludhiana’s Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Christian Medical College confirmed that anti-rabies vaccines were not available with them.

Dr Baldeep from Deep Hospital, Ludhiana, said, “We have procured 10 doses in case of acute emergency. The demand is more while the supply is less. Patients have to go to the Civil Hospital to get the dose administered.”

The chemists are left with no other option but to turn away patients coming for the vaccine. GS Chawla, president of the Ludhiana District Chemist Association, said vaccines were being supplied in the government sector in bulk but there was no supply in the private sector. “Even the private hospitals are not able to procure the vaccines as per their demand and chemists are also returning patients every day. There is no proper distribution of the vaccine,” he said.

Amid the crisis, the number of patients visiting government hospitals has increased. The Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, alone receives nearly 150-160 cases of dog bite in a single day on an average of which 45-50 are new cases while the remaining are old, which come for follow-up vaccination. In April, the hospital received 746 cases, in May, it received 670 cases and in June, 1,033 such cases were reported. The Civil Hospital, Amritsar, receives 500-600 cases of dog bite every month.

Satish Chandra, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said he came to know that the private sector was facing shortage of anti-rabies vaccines. “We will see the reason behind it and try to resolve the issue,” he said. Despite repeated attempts, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu could not be contacted for a comment.

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