20February2018

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WHO notifies Indian doctor's rabies treatment protocol

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The procedure developed by Dr Bharti has been successfully tested on thousands of dog and monkey bite victims in the past five years, bringing down the cost of treatment from Rs 35,000 to Rs 350 per patient.

In a proud moment for India, the World Health Organization (WHO) has notified a rabies immunization protocol developed by Dr Omesh Bharti, an Indian doctor who is working as a Field Epidemiologist with the Himachal Pradesh government. This has been tweeted by India’s health minister JP Nadda.

The procedure developed by Dr Bharti has been successfully tested on thousands of dog and monkey bite victims in the past five years, bringing down the cost of treatment from Rs 35,000 to Rs 350 per patient.  

Dr Bharti has been quoted as saying that it is a revolutionary treatment that drastically reduces the dose of medicine. The WHO had already acknowledged this low-cost treatment protocol set up by Dr Bharti.

A dog or monkey bite victim was earlier administered a vaccine intradermally, along with rabies immunoglobulins that were injected both in the wound and muscle.

The rabies immunoglobulins are costly. While the vaccine part remains almost the same, the WHO’s new update involves injecting rabies immunoglobulins only in the wound. The rabies immunoglobulins neutralize the rabies virus in the wound within hours.

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