THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Allegations of errors in the distribution of anti-rabies vaccines have surfaced amidst a severe shortage of vaccines in the state. In response to the situation, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has written an urgent letter to the Chief Secretary, requesting a comprehensive report on the matter.
One of the concerns raised is related to the quality of the vaccines, as there have been instances where patients with rabies poisoning succumbed even after receiving the vaccine. Quality checks have been initiated to ascertain the cause of such cases. It has been observed that improper storage conditions and mishandling by untrained personnel can lead to a loss of vaccine quality.
The NHRC emphasizes that the mishandling of vaccines, often due to inadequate care and training, is the primary cause of the quality issues. There have been previous complaints lodged with the NHRC regarding this matter.
Additionally, the scarcity of vaccines has led to situations where they are not readily available during emergencies, raising further concerns about public health and safety. The NHRC has directed the Chief Secretary to thoroughly investigate these issues and provide a detailed report in response to the urgent letter.