Provinces’ given sufficient anti-snake venom serum
ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Health (NIH) has provided enough anti-snake venom serums to all provinces to meet the likely increase in snake-bite cases during the current monsoon season and floods, said an official press release issued on Friday
During the last few months, the NIH has provided 3,055 vials of serum to Punjab, 2,990 to Sindh, 688 to the NWFP, 998 to Balochistan, 272 to the Pakistan Army and 1,274 to Azad Kashmir.
Besides the anti-snake serum, adequate quantities of Typhoid and Cholera vaccines have also been provided to the provincial health departments by the National Institute of Health, the release added.
Sufficient stocks of serum are also available at the NIH to meet any emergency demand, it said, adding that provincial departments had been advised to ensure that the serum was available at all major hospitals and areas traditionally known for snake-bite cases.
The NIH being the only anti-snake venom serum production facility in Pakistan despite capacity limitations and biological nature of product continues to make endeavours to ensure that the highest quality of life-saving serum is available all over the country, the release said.