Kozhikode Medical College struggles to cope with shortage of anti-rabies vaccine


Kozhikode: Several departments of the Medical College is struggling to cope with the shortage of anti-rabies vaccine. The medical college hospital is experiencing a vaccine shortage for the last month.

As a result, Preventive Division and the SPM clinic in Casualty Department are experiencing a heavy rush of patients looking to get vaccinated. The clinic is also crowded from morning till evening.



To tackle the issue, vaccines were procured from other hospitals in Kozhikode. One of the reasons for the increase in the number of people coming to the medical college for anti-rabies vaccine is the unavailability of medicines at nearby health centres. Hospital officials said the vaccine shots are bought as an emergency measure from excess stock at general and beach hospitals. Both these hospitals are also experiencing a shortage in the vaccine.

Although an order was issued to the supplier, the Kerala Medical Services Corporation (KMSCL), the stock for the new financial year has not yet arrived. According to KMSCL rules, only companies with a current turnover of Rs 50 crore can participate in the tender. Therefore, small companies are unable to enter these tender proceedings.

This has led to KMSCL supplying stocks to larger companies instead of small orders issued by others. The tender procedures reached their final stage last Monday. These tender procedures would take almost a month’s time to be completed. As a result, the shortage is likely to affect the PHC and medical college.



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