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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-41

A survey of hospitals managing human rabies cases in India


1 Dean/Principal and Professor of Community Medicine & President, Rabies in Asia Foundation, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Associate Professor of Community Medicine & Executive Director, Rabies in Asia Foundation, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
M K Sudarshan
Dean/Principal and Professor of Community Medicine, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences & President, Rabies in Asia Foundation, Bangalore, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.70552

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A survey of 23 infectious diseases (ID) hospitals/ID wards of general hospitals was done during 2008-09 to assess the facilities for and management of rabies patients. All were Government hospitals and 0.5% of total beds was earmarked for rabies cases. The hospitals were mostly run by medical colleges (47.8%) and ID hospitals (30.4%) and located outside city limits (52.2%). The patients were admitted to 'rooms (39.1%)' and 'wards (43.5%)'. The general conditions of rabies sections i.e. sanitation and linen (65%), space and toilet (52% and 56%) and bed (47.8%) require improvements. There is a need to improve staff availability, use of personal protective wears, preventive vaccination of care providers and medicinal supplies. It is recommended to encourage hospitalization of human rabies cases to ensure a 'painless and dignified death' and this must be considered as a 'human rights' issue.


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