DUHS makes way ahead for anti-snake venom vac­cine pro­duc­tion in­dige­nously

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY - STAFF RE­PORTER

KARACHI—Ex­perts at the Dow Univer­sity of Health Sciences (DUHS) have claimed they have suc­cess­fully tested an­ti­s­nake venom vac­cine which is a mile­stone in med­i­cal his­tory of the coun­try.

This was dis­closed in a press brief­ing at the DUHS given by the DUHS Vice Chan­cel­lor Prof. Ma­sood Hameed Khan at DMC Campus Thurs­day.

He in­tro­duced team of ex­perts and for­eign qual­i­fied sci­en­tists in­volved in the project in­clud­ing Dr Zameer Ah­mad, Mu­nawar Qureshi, Dr Shaukat Ali, Dr Talat Roomi, Dr Rafat Amin, Dr Sadaf Khan and Dr Tariq Ali. All the sci­en­tists gave brief­ing about sci­en­tific progress in Anti-Snake vac­cine de­vel­op­ment at DUHS. They men­tioned that lab scale de­vel­op­ment has been com­pleted and tested on an­i­mals suc­cess­fully.

Prof. Hameed in­formed that due to un­avail­abil­ity of anti-snake vac­cine in far flung ar­eas of the coun­try many pre­cious lives are lost an­nu­ally. That is why it is im­por­tant to make eco­nom­i­cal, cost ef­fec­tive and safe vac­cines avail­able in am­ple quan­tity.

Cur­rently the lo­cal pro­duc­tion is un­able to meet­ing the coun­try’s need. To ad­dress the lo­cal de­mand anti-snake venom vac­cines are im­ported from for­eign coun­tries is not only ex­pen­sive but are also less ef­fec­tive. There­fore it is dire need to start lo­cal pro­duc­tion of vac­cines, he added.

The DUHS VC Prof. Ma­sood Hameed ap­pre­ci­ated the co­op­er­a­tion and guid­ance of drug reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity Pak­istan (DRAP)that rel­e­vant doc­u­ments are be­ing pre­pared ac­cord­ing to the DRAP re­quire­ments and qual­ity as­sur­ance tests are be­ing con­ducted to make sure de­vel­op­ment of safe and ef­fec­tive vac­cine.

All such doc­u­ments will be sub­mit­ted to DRAP for get­ting ap­proval for clin­i­cal tri­als. A team of ex­pert physi­cians is avail­able for pur­pose un­der su­per­vi­sor of Prof. Muham­mad Mas­roor. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously a state of the art com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity is un­der con­struc­tion at DUHS Ojha Campus to fa­cil­i­tate mass scale pro­duc­tion of the vac­cine postDRAP ap­proval, said Prof. Hameed.

He thanked all the me­dia per­son­nel at the end and showed his op­ti­mism that suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this project will not only save thou­sands of lives but will also open up av­enues for the in­dige­nous pro­duc­tion of vac­cines.

Thou­sands at­tended fu­neral in ab­sen­tia of Maulana Motiur Rah­man Nizami in the Pro­vin­cial Cap­i­tal.—NNI

A view of traf­fic jam at Shahrah-e-Faisal on Thurs­day.—INP

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