Baramulla: Anti-rabies vaccines are not available in most of the hospitals in north Kashmir.
Almost all major hospitals in Baramulla, Kupwara, and Bandipora districts of north Kashmir do not have the vaccine available, with the shortage forcing the patients to purchase it from the market.
Rafiq Ahmad, a resident of Baramulla, said: “There is no anti-rabies vaccine available in the District Hospital Baramulla and in other Public Health Centres. We are being forced to purchase the drugs from the market on higher rates.”
According to doctors, the shortage affects the treatment to be given to the dog-bite patients.
“They need to be given the medicine within 24 hours of the injury. But the shortage often threatens to delay the treatment,” several doctors told Kashmir Reader.
The chief medical officer (CMO), Baramulla, Dr Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo, admitted that the hospitals were without the vaccine.
“To overcome the shortage, we have ordered all the medical superintendents and block medical officers to purchase the medicine from the market for the time being,” he said.