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Monday, November 11, 2019

Anti-rabies vaccine now available at govt health centres


Anti-rabies vaccine now available at govt health centres

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 10

In a major relief to dog bite patients, anti-rabies serum (ARS) or rabies immunoglobulin — which is a protection mechanism in case of severe bite and is injected before regular vaccine — will now be available at all major government hospitals and health centres.

The Health Department will be providing the serum, which is a costly medicine given in grade-3 bite.

Notably, a grade-3 dog bite is a single or multiple transdermal bite with contamination of mucous membrane with salvia. Severe cuts may require a dose of anti-rabies serum, which works against rabies virus before the vaccine’s effect kicks in. Without serum, the vaccine is of no use and victim may die within a few days.

Of the total dog bite cases, more than 50 per cent were of grade-3, said epidemiologists, who needed immunoglobulin to be administered before the vaccine.

Significantly, on non-availability of ARS (immunoglobulin) at government hospitals, poor patients had to pay a hefty price from their own pocket for the said drug which cost around Rs 2,000- 5,000 depending on a dosage.

Experts said with over one lakh dog bite cases every year in the state, the availability of ARS would save many lives in future.

The life of a poor patient could be saved at Government Rajindra Hospital due to the availability of ARS on Monday. “The dog who had bitten the victim had died. Therefore, if the patient would not have been administered ARS on Monday, he would have died,” said a doctor at the hospital.

Dr Sumeet Singh, district epidemiologist, said ARS had now been added in the essential drug list. Consequently, it would be available at all major hospitals. “With the availability of the serum, many lives will be saved now. The drug is expensive and victims in most of the cases were poor,” he added.

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