Rabies-related deaths: Kerala health dept to form expert committee to examine vaccine efficacy

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday ordered for the constitution of an expert committee to examine efficacy of anti-rabies vaccine.

The committee will be constituted by the health department. The move comes in response to Opposition's attack on the state government over reports on rabies-related deaths despite anti-rabies vaccine being administered to the individuals.

IUML legislator PK Basheer said in Kerala Assembly that vaccine distribution is happening in an unsystematic manner in the state and anti-rabies vaccine administered in the state is of poor quality.

He took a dig on the government over the issue and metaphorically linked to Lok Ayukta controversy. “The teeth of dogs should be pulled out and not the teeth of Lok Ayukta,” he said.

While Opposition leader VD Satheesan claimed that the 50,000 vials of anti-rabies vaccine procured by the state government did not undergo quality test by Central Drugs Laboratory and the batch was sent back due to controversy.

However, health minister Veena George refuted the claims and allegations. She briefed the Assembly on medical experts’ comment on rabies deaths despite anti-rabies vaccine administered to the affected individuals.

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