Co-chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was slammed on social media after the horrific incident of the 11-year child died of rabies in Larkana surfaced on social media. The heart-wrenching incident happened in Shikarpur, a small city in interior Sindh, where a child died of rabies after bitten by a dog.
The family hailed from Shikarpur lamented that they repeatedly took their son to multiple hospitals throughout Sindh to get him vaccinated with Anti-rabies vaccines, but to no avail. The boy named Mir Hasan died a month after dog bite in the desperation of anti-rabies vaccines. Had the boy been timely vaccinated he could have been saved.
The video of the boy lying helpless in the lap of his mother breathing his last outside the Commissioner office, Larkana evoked an immense public outcry on social media. The mother complained that she took her son from Shikarpur to province’s busiest Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Hospital in Larkana, but was shattered to know the hospital cannot save their son since they are void of the anti-rabies vaccine.
Social Media Backlash
The netizens on social media berated Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and his inept PPP’s government for the complete absence of imperative life-saving drug across the province. The incident brought to light a serious case of adverse health facilities in Sindh.
Calls were made on social media to initiate a thorough probe in the incident and to hold accountable people responsible for the crisis. Sindh government is already under fire for its faulty administration and deterioration of infrastructure across Sindh, especially in Karachi.
The government of Pakistan had now relaxed the imposed ban on Indian medicine and hence it is anticipated that the supply of vaccines will be normalized within a few weeks
Detailed research in the fiasco states that multiple factors lead to the burgeoning crisis of shortage of anti-rabies vaccines in Sindh. Pakistan is one of the heaviest importers of the ‘Indirab‘ vaccine, the anti-dog bite vaccines, primarily from India. The anti-rabies vaccine of India is declared the second-best by the World Health Organisation, with China rated at the third position and France’s listed at the top.
So painful to watch the video of 10 yo boy from Larkana. The sad part is the parents will be given some cash with fake condolences to keep their mouths shut just like the father of innocent 10 months old baby who died due to protocol of Bilawal Bhutto in 2015. No questions asked.
— ردا (@RidhaAlii) September 18, 2019
— Arshad Imam (@Arshad_imam496) September 18, 2019
In fmr. PM BB district Larkana, a young boy died becoz of dog bite. There was a no vaccine available at hospital and he breathed his last. Mr. Bilawal Z. guage your party rule in sindh and level of public service delivery. When you can't deliver, 149 must be implemented.
— Syed Sarfraz ali (@sarfraz_allee) September 18, 2019
The Anti-rabies Fiasco
For the past few months, the supply of anti-rabies vaccines has been fluctuating due to several factors; economic and political. A few months ago, the supply to Pakistan halted after Indian health ministry instructed the producers of anti-rabies vaccines to first cater the local needs, and then export. Meanwhile, the surge in dollar price and depreciation of Pak rupee pulled the cost of importing the anti-rabies vaccines in Pakistan, forcing the importers to sell at higher prices to the Sindh government.
Moreover, with the uncertain imports of the anti-rabies vaccines, the importers were reluctant to bid in the tenders by Sindh government, also the delay in payments to suppliers was a further disincentive for the importers and companies to bid for the anti-rabies vaccines in the tenders of Sindh health department.
The recent escalation between India and Pakistan following the abrogation of Article 350 and 37-A further intensified the crisis. The government of Pakistan completely ceased the bilateral trade with India owing to public pressure, which resulted in an acute shortage of anti-rabies vaccines. The government of Pakistan had now relaxed the imposed ban and hence it is anticipated that the supply of vaccines will be normalized within a few weeks.
A boy in shikarpur,sindh is died of rabies,no vaccine was found in gov hospitals of shikarpur and even in larkana to save his life and nobody is discussing this
— zain (@zainmehmoodd) September 17, 2019
A 10years old boy died of bitten by a stray dog in Larkana and all Sindh medical centres were run out of anti-Rabies vaccine it’s a shame.Pakistan must have resources to deal with these kind of accidents.Our government healthcare & education sectors need to pay attention #rabies
— Zeeshan Naeem (@zeexhan_naeem) September 18, 2019
10 years old boy Mir Hassan died in his mother's lap infront of comissioner's office at Larkana, Hashtag kashmir free? Hashtag this and that.. Apni maao kay bacho ko bachao phelay, a city where stray dogs are in every corner still none of the hospitals have Anti rabies.#Larkana pic.twitter.com/0bSe84AKQF
— Babar Khand (@BabarKhand5) September 18, 2019
@BBhuttoZardari just watch a video of a very young boy who died in his mother's arms because vaccination of dog's bite wasnt availble in Larkana's hospitals. Who is the responsible of this?
— Rzza (@muhammedrzza) September 17, 2019
Anti rabies was not available in any hospital of #Larkana perhaps in Shikarpur & other districts of Sindh too – 10 years old boy Mir Hassan died in his mothers lap infront of comissioner's office at Larkana pic.twitter.com/4ZQpIBO0j6
— Ikhlaque Sheikh (@Ikhlaque_Sheikh) September 17, 2019