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Masindi Gov’t Hospitals In Spotlight After Anti-Rabies Drugs Expire

Masindi Gov’t Hospitals In Spotlight After Anti-Rabies Drugs Expire

The Masindi District health department has revealed that anti-rabies drugs have progressively become expired in government stores. The authorities revealed that the main reason this is happening is because cases of rabies have become very rare.

Dr Jino Abiriga, the District Health Officer (DHO) in Masindi said they receive 10-50 doses from the government. However, cases are not so common anymore that the drugs often expire.

According to Dr Abiriga, the number of dog bite cases has reduced significantly.  On the other hand, she also hinted at the danger posed by the shortage of these anti-rabies drugs.

She said cases could possibly be registered after the available doses have expired which could cause an outbreak.

“When people come after the drugs have expired, we refer them, but also it can be accessed in private health units,” Dr Abiriga said.

She said the hospital needs to come up with ways to ensure the hospital doesn’t run out of these drugs even with a few cases. One of the nurses operating at a private clinic, Mr Moses Ahebwa, says the rise in bites is mostly registered in street dogs.

“This is seasonal- in October to November, a lot of dogs are seen in towns which increases the number of patients who need rabies drugs,” he observed.

Leaders in Masindi were urged to handle street dogs as required, including enforcing vaccination of the animals.

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