Despite a high number of dog bite cases in the city, premier city hospital Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) continues to remain without required medicines and patients are forced to purchase it from neighbouring states. It seems that the PGI has failed to learn from its past mistakes.
The issue came to the fore when a former PGI employee approached the staff dispensary to get the vaccine. Former PGI employee Ram Chander was attacked by some monkeys during his routine walk at a ground in Panjab University on Monday evening.
"Being a PGI staff himself, he washed the wound immediately and got admitted in emergency. The attending doctors prescribed the injections (HRIG-1200 units), which was not available with this premier hospital," said his son Narender Chauhan.
"The vaccine is not available in the city's chemist shops. After searching all the medical stores in Chandigarh, we finally arranged it from a nearby state on Tuesday afternoon," Narender added.
In May, a six-year-old Manimajra girl, Sadia, who was admitted at the PGI after being bitten on the face by a rabid dog in Manimajra, had died after battling for life. Neither the passive, nor the active anti-rabies serum is available at the PGI.