Over 5,000 + Instances of Dog-Bite Reported in One Week

Dog-Bite

NIH reported 5,641 dog-bite cases in Pakistan in one week. Punjab had 3,264 cases, Sindh had 1,601, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had 615, and Baluchistan had 80 cases of dog bites. Azad Kashmir reported 75 cases, and Gilgit-Baltistan had six.

Following a troubling report last month, Pakistan saw 7,957 dog-bite cases in one week, marking a surge.

 Responding to the crisis, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in Karachi launched DowRab, its own anti-rabies vaccine (ARV), to help dog bite victims in Sindh.

Health reports indicate that about one million people in Pakistan experience dog bites annually, leading to an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 deaths from rabies. This underscores the urgent requirement for effective prevention and treatment measures.

 The NIH in Islamabad has stressed the critical need for anti-rabies vaccines in Pakistan. The country requires more than two million doses of ARV each year, with a substantial amount currently imported from India. However, Pakistan is grappling with a severe shortage of ARVs, largely stemming from pricing disagreements.

 The Pakistani government and health officials face mounting pressure to tackle this public health crisis by securing enough ARVs and enacting comprehensive measures to manage the stray dog population. This involves vaccination efforts, awareness campaigns, and community engagement to reduce the incidence of dog bites and rabies infections.

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