Hos­pi­tal forced to buy ra­bies vac­cine af­ter run­ning out

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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.

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