Delay in cure of rabid dog bite cases causes deaths


Staff Reporter


Sindh Provincial Minister for Health and Population Welfare Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho said on Friday that the delay in the treatment of rabid dog-bite cases caused death to the citizens in Sindh.
She said that National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad prepares anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) but the amount of production is not sufficient.
The precious time of the patients, infected from rabies encephalitis, a dog-borne viral illness, is wasted at their home in the treatment from unproven local remedies (totkay), she said. Every citizen and department needs to make collective efforts for a rabies-free Sindh, she said.
‘The widespread tropical disease, Leishmaniasis is endemic to Pakistan.’
The lady minister was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the International Workshop on ‘New Anti-leishmanial Lead from Natural Sources: Concept and Approaches’ held at the Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium. Scholars from 20 countries are participating in the international workshop jointly organized by Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine.

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