A few months after Hasnain’s death, a six-year-old boy who was persecuted by a group of dogs in Larkana and later died from complications that occurred in a hospital in Karachi in December last year, a boy from Larkana died in a hospital in Karachi on Wednesday because of full rabies.
According to the Indus Hospital where nine-year-old Zeeshan breathed his last, the boy was bitten by a mad dog in his hometown and was not vaccinated properly despite approaching public health facilities in his area.
“Today, a nine-year-old boy from Larkana died at the Karachi Indus Hospital due to severe rabies. He might be persecuted directly by a mad dog in his hometown. His parents took him to a public health facility where they gave him several injections but it turned out that the anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) was not given correctly and immunoglobulins were not given to boys who had bad luck, “said Aftab Gohar, one inch from the dog bite center at home Karachi Indus Hospital.
Zeeshan is the second poor boy from Larkana who died in recent months due to dog bites. Previously, six-year-old Hasnain, who had been persecuted by stray dogs when he was playing outside his residence, died despite being treated at Karachi’s National Children’s Health Institute (NICH) for more than a month. But Hasnain did not die from rabies.
With the death of Zeeshan, the number of encephalistic rabies deaths in Sindh in 2020 has reached six. Officials said that of the six victims, three died at the Karachi Indus Hospital while three others died at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center. The victims also included two children.
Indus Hospital’s dog bite center claims that they have so far received 3,000 dog bite victims from all of Sindh, the majority of whom are children. It also highlights the fact that the government has not taken effective action against the increasing number of stray dogs in the city and other parts of the province.
Gohar said Zeeshan was taken to the Larkana Civil Hospital after his condition worsened despite receiving several ‘so-called ARV injections’. Larkana Civil Hospital referred him to the Karachi National Children’s Health Institute (NICH). “NICH referred him to the Indus Hospital because the boy had developed total rabies and nothing could be done to save his life.”
He stated that a few weeks ago, a seven-year-old boy from the New Karachi area was taken to the Indus Hospital with full rabies. The boy has not received an anti-rabies vaccine, he said, adding that an adult from the small town of Sindh also died at the Indus Hospital a few months ago after he had rabies encephalitis.
“When a rabies dog bites a person and the wound is very deep, the patient must be immediately given immunoglobulin, which contains antibodies that fight the rabies virus that is transmitted to the person’s body through the saliva of the rabies dog. In addition to immunoglobulins, patients must be given four to five doses of international quality anti-rabies vaccine, “said Gohar.
Experts say that every person who is bitten by a dog must wash the wound with soap and water thoroughly and then rush to a tertiary care hospital for vaccination.