KARACHI - The Rabies in Asia Foundation (RIF) in collaboration with the WHO and provincial govts will open animal bite treatment centres across the country to provide required treatment, including high quality vaccine to people in need.
The session held in Karachi was addressed by Dr Quaid Saeed, National Programme Officer WHO Country Office and Dr Huma Qureshi, Director Pakistan Medical Research Council. They announced that this much neglected and fatal disease is finally being noticed by Health authorities and designated centers will be functional soon in both rural and urban centers of the country.
Dr Naseem Salahuddin, Member WHO Expert Panel for Rabies and Head, Department of Infectious Diseases at the Indus Hospital, offered to make The Indus Hospital the Training Center for all Sindh centers.
Dr Seemin Jamali, Director of Emergency Department, JPMC emphasized the tremendous importance of immediate care by washing bite wounds thoroughly and reaching the nearest treatment center for further management.
Later the children were treated to a magic and puppet show for rabies awareness.
Lectures on rabies will follow during the rest of the week in some medical colleges. Meanwhile WHO and RIA will also conduct free pre-exposure prophylaxis vaccination for the SOS village children.