Anti-rabies vaccine shoots up by 7000% over shortage

There is an acute shortage of anti-rabies vaccines in many health centers in Ghana.

Starr News has learnt some of the facilities have run out of the anti-rabies vaccines for more than a year. Those who have stock have taken undue advantage to increase the price by 7000 percent.

The Head of Public Health at the Veterinary Services Dr. Bashiru Boye Kikimoto told Starr News the situation is endangering the lives of those bitten by dogs.

“It is so expensive and it’s not even available, normally the normal charge is Gh¢8.50 but because of this shortage people are selling it for Ghc600 and Ghc 1000, which prevents the ordinary person who have been bitten by rabies dogs.

“Even those who produce anti-rabies vaccines have stopped because it has been eradicated in Europe, Russia and America and Ghana who turn to import it does no longer have access to it.”

Over 50 people died from rabies last year in Ghana.


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