PAMPORE: Due to the shortage of anti-rabies vaccines in sub-district hospital Pampore, patients attacked by stray dogs are not treated locally. The doctors at the hospital refer the p[patients to Srinagar for treatment.
Nawaz Ahmad Wani, a 6-year-old boy from Patalbagh locality was shifted to Pampore hospital in excruciating pain after he was bitten by a stray dog. “There was no relevant treatment available at the Pampore hospital,” Qaisar Ahmad Mir, Wani’s uncle said.
He said the doctors referred to some technical difficulties in procuring the vaccine locally.
“It is ironic that residents of Pampore, a peripheral town of Srinagar city, are worst hit by dog bites,” a local resident said adding the Srinagar Municipal Corporation diverts captured dogs to Pampore town.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Pampore Dr Saba conceded that the hospital was short of anti-rabies vaccines for the past one month and its procurement was pending due to certain technicalities.
“We cannot purchase the vaccine unless No-objection certificate from Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL),” said the BMO, adding that she had already sent a requisition for the supply.