Hospital forced to buy rabies vaccine after running out
MAGWE Region’s Chauk Township hospital has run out of the rabies vaccine as more and more people have been seeking treatment for dog bites, the hospital’s superintendent Dr Soe Win said.
Last weekend alone 12 people sought treatment for dog bites, including a 6-year-old girl and a teenage boy, a hospital nurse said.
“The hospital’s stock of vaccines was depleted, so we bought vaccines from private drug stores. We had 30 vials of Equirab rabies vaccine and used it all for victims and we had to buy more,” Dr Soe Win said.
The amount of vaccine required depends on the age and body weight of the victims and usually two to three vials of vaccines are used per patient, he added.
He noted that, often victims who suffer dog bites come from poor communities and are dailywage earners who could not afford
‘The hospital stocks of vaccines was depleted, so we bought ... from private drug stores.’ Dr. Soe Win Superintendent, Chauk Hospital
to buy the medicine from private pharmacies.
In cases where vaccines are not available and there are patients who need to be treated, the hospital has to buy the vaccines from private pharmacies, said U Soe Nyunt, chairman of Brothers of White Helping Hands Association from Yenangyaung Township.
The prices of rabies vaccine and rabies antidotes costs K14,000 (US$9.10) per vial in Magwe, Yenangyaung and Chauk townships.