WHO help sought for anti-snake Venom injections provision

RATODERO: The Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Larkana, authorities have sought the support and help from World Health Organisation (WHO) in providing Anti-Snake Venom (ASV) injections for treatment of snake bite cases, which is almost non-available in Pakistan, specially in Sindh as the National Institute of Health, Islamabad, the only institute where these vaccines are produced, have sent only 30 vials to CMCH despite requirement order of 1000 vials and that too after lapse of three months.

CMCH has so far treated 683 snake bite cases from January to 27 August 2013 which include Larkana 213 cases, Dokri 52, Bakrani 47, Qambar 49, Miro Khan 55, Ratodero 58, Warah 44, Mehar 44, Khairpur Mirs 31, Shikarpur 25, Jacobabad 28 an Balochistan 37.

Only 456 vials of ASV have been consumed in 28 days from 01 to 24 August 2013 at CMCH, which also indicates the gravity of the problem whereas only 30 vials have been sent by NIH on Monday despite demand of 1000 vials. This is enough proof that this hospital caters to the needs of so many areas.

WHO help also been sought by CMCH authorities which also indicates that ASV shortage has break the bones of the poor affected people and NIH is totally incapable to meet the requirements. The perennial season has already started in the province of Sindh coupled with monsoon rains due to which snake bite cases have increased manifold and worst affected are the poor people who suffer very seriously as they cannot leave their agricultural fields where paddy crop is almost ready.

WHO representative visited CMCH and had detailed talks with Medical Superintendent Dr Safiullah Abbasi who requested him to provide ASV as well as Anti-Rabbi Vaccine for dog bite cases. Sources further disclosed that 30 vials had already been supplied to CMCH authorities by WHO representative few day ago. The Sindh government has been urged to make functional the Sakrand Institute, where ASV tests have been finalized to start production and federal government has been urged to order other Institutes to produce these life saving vaccines without further loss of time.