Delay in cure of rabid dog bite cases causes deaths

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Staff Reporter

Karachi

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.