Pulwama: Shortage of anti-rabies vaccine in District Hospital, Pulwama, is forcing dog bite victims here to travel to Srinagar for the treatment or buy the medicine from private stores.
Dog bite Patients at the hospital alleged that they were denied vaccines and were made to run from one hospital to another.
“We have been visiting the district hospital for many days, but nobody is listening to us,” said Javed Ahmad whose nephew was bitten by a dog one week ago. He said the vaccine should be available 24×7 in the hospital as dog bite cases were on rise.
Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Pulwama, Dr Mohammad Saleem said the shortage of anti-rabies vaccine in other south Kashmir districts put an additional burden on the hospital as a result of which they had run out of stock.
“We vaccinated dog bite victims from Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Budgam districts, which caused shortage of stock in the hospital,” Dr Saleem said.
He said they had sent a requisition for anti-rabies vaccine to the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, two months ago. “But we haven’t received the fresh supply yet,” the Medical Superintendent said.
Chief Medical Officer, Pulwama, Dr Fayaz Ahmad said the anti-rabies vaccine was short on the provincial level. While confirming the shortage in the Valley, controller, stores, Directorate of Health Kashmir, Dr Masrat Shaheen said the vaccine was not available across Kashmir and they had directed the Chief Medical Officers to buy it from the open market.