Thailand provides anti-rabies vaccines to MoPHBy Zarghona Salehi Sep 7, 2011 - 19:17
KABUL (PAN): Thailand, providing 1000 doses of anti-rabies vaccines to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), has pledged to establish a factory for producing the vaccines in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.
Dr Tawfiq Mashal, Director of Curative Medicine at the ministry, told Pajhwok Afghan News the assistance worth id="mce_marker"0,000 by Thailand would help treat 3000 dog bitten victims.
Thai representatives during a meeting with the acting public health minister, Suraya Dalil, on Tuesday pledged to construct a building for the factory, Mashal added. Specific details about the factory would be made public in the future, he said.
Nisar Ahmad Habibi, cleanliness and hygiene department director at Kabul municipality, told Pajhwok Afghan News his office eliminated seven thousands of dogs infected with rabies in different parts of Kabul this year.
The dogs were killed by municipality officials during night operations at different parts of the city, he added. Last year, he said, the number of such dogs killed was 5000.
Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that enters the body through the bite from infected animals and causes brain swelling and, if not quickly treated, results in convulsions, respiratory failure, and death in almost every person infected.