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Health DG dismisses claim of rabies vaccine shortage in Sarawak
Tarikh : 23 Jul 2017  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has dismissed the claim about Sarawak not having sufficient supply of anti-rabies vaccine amidst the outbreak.

According to him, the ministry always makes sure that all states in Malaysia reserve a minimal stock level of the vaccine as a precaution.

“For the record, Sarawak has been free from rabies until the first case was confirmed on June 30,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisahm said to date, 2,043 vials of rabies vaccine were acquired between July 1 and 21, with the ministry expectingd to receive 4,517 vials early next month.

“Such supply should be enough for the 1,640 dog bite cases (in Sarawak) that require vaccination.

“Based on the number of dog-bite cases at the moment, the Sarawak Health Department still has sufficient stock of the vaccine. If more stock is required, the vaccine can be acquired from other states,” he said.

It is learnt that every rabies treatment requires four shots of the vaccine.

Dr Noor Hisham appealed to the public not to panic and avoid spreading unverified information.

“The ministry together with Sarawak Health Department will continue with the preventive measures and keep rabies outbreak under control, apart from ensuring there is enough stock of vaccine at any given time,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also confirmed that as at yesterday, no new rabies case had been reported in Sarawak, apart from the five detected in Serian.

So far, the virus outbreak has claimed four young lives and infected a man, who is still under observation at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here.

“Rabies has claimed four lives in Sarawak; the one receiving treatment at SGH is in critical condition and receiving respiratory assistance,” said Dr Noor Hisham.