Larkana: Boy dies miserably in mother’s lap because anti-rabies vaccine not available
- Mir Hassan is not the only child to have died because of the alleged shortage of rabies vaccine.
- Officials stated that the child died because he was brought late to the hospital facility in Larkana days after the dog bitten him.
- The National Institute of Health in Pakistan estimated the presence of stray dogs in the country at around 2.5 million.
10-years old Mir Hassan was bitten by the dog in his village Mubarak Abro and died in the hands of his mother. The video of the child breathing his last widely circulated on social media. The reason for the death, apparently, was the shortage of vaccine which is to be administered after being bitten by a mad dog.
Reports that emerged on social media highlighted the shortage of vaccines as the cause of Mir Hassan’s death. However, the officials in the initial investigation report denied it all together saying that the child was brought to the hospital facility in Larkana on September 17 weeks after the dog bitten him.
Hassan is not the only child to have died because of the alleged shortage of rabies vaccine. Another 8-year-old boy named Rizwan also succumbed to the infection, reportedly, due to the unavailability of the vaccine.
The parents of Mir Hassan told the cause of their child’s death the shortage of anti-rabies vaccine initially at the public sector hospital at Shikarpur and then at the Larkana Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Hospital.
The National Institute of Health in Pakistan is primarily responsible for the rabies data collection and estimated the presence of stray dogs in the country at around 2.5 million. Modern countries have adopted the methods of dogs vaccination and animal birth control to deal with the problem of rabies.
— DawnNews (@Dawn_News) September 18, 2019
لاڑکانہ کی اسپتال میں کتے کاٹنے کی ویکسین نہ ملی شکارپور کے دس سالہ
میر حسن ابڑو نے ماں کی گود میں کمشنر آفیس لاڑکانہ کے باہر تڑپ تڑپ کی جان دے دی
Just because there's no vaccines available in Sindh @BBhuttoZardari pic.twitter.com/3qWGlmCfpZ
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) September 17, 2019
The population of stray dogs in Pakistan is considerably high and the apathy lies in the fact that no plausible steps have been undertaken to reduce the number of stray dogs to the lowest possible number.
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