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Jamshedpur, July 16: While stray attacks continue to give citizens nervous nights, anti-rabies vaccines (ARV) remain off the shelves at MGM Medical College and Hospital.

With the purchase wing of the state health department yet to approve the price of the vaccine, the hospital administration is helpless and can't treat dog bite victims. The hospital authorities have now sought a bailout from the district civil surgeon.

The stock of anti-rabies vaccine exhausted at the hospital several months ago. A proposal for acquiring fresh stock is lying pending with the health department for the necessary price approval. Hence, the hospital administration is not able to float tenders. "We have adequate stock of other medicines except for ARV. A requisition has been sent but nothing has materialised yet. We have asked the district civil surgeon office to supply some stock and are also referring dog bite victims to the him," sources in the hospital said.

But there is no surety of getting a dose at the district civil surgeon's office. Several times, victims are again referred to public health centres or are asked to seek help from social organisations.

With incidents of dog bites on the rise, demand for ARV has shot up. Poor victims have no option but to rush to MGM Hospital while others are forced to buy the vaccine from the market. "The poor cannot afford to buy ARV. A single vial of ARV costs about Rs 300-350. If we had supply, we could provide it for free," a doctor at the MGM Hospital said. Depending on the situation, about five or more vaccines are needed for one victim.

MGM Hospital superintendent A.N. Mishra said they were hoping for a solution soon. "We are facing other problems relating to stock as well. But we have no ARV at our disposal," he added.

Hospital authorities blamed civil bodies for not controlling the street dog menace.

Over 10 persons have fallen victim to dog bites recently. Three among them lived in the vicinity of Tatanagar railway station. An aged women of Azadnagar in Mango died after a street dog attack last week.Source:telegraphindia.com

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