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Kerala to open 199 anti-rabies clinics to provide timely treatment for animal bites

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Kerala will launch 199 anti-rabies clinics especially at hospitals in tribal and coastal belts where the risk of animal bites is high and access to immediate care after an animal bite is limited.

Officials said five hospitals have been already upgraded as model anti-rabies clinics to bring treatment facilities for dog bite victims under a single umbrella.

“The clinic will have a place to wash the injured area with soap, a vaccination facility, and a place to care for the wound. Awareness and counselling will be provided to those coming for treatment. In order to provide first aid and follow-up treatment at these clinics, employees will be given expert training on animal bite management and services before and after rabies,” an official statement said.

The clinics will be equipped with the facility to effectively wash any part of the body with running water for 15 minutes in case of a bite. Special facilities will be set up in hospitals for this purpose. The availability of vaccines and immunoglobulin will be displayed and referral service will also be made available to those who need specialist treatment.

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