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Centre Directs States and UTs to Include Anti-Rabies Vaccine And Anti-Rabies Serum

Centre Directs States and UTs to Include Anti-Rabies Vaccine And Anti-Rabies Serum

The government directed the states and Union Territories to undertake the procurement of ARV and ARS under the Free Drug service initiative under the National Health Mission (NHM). This announcement was made by Union Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey. The National Rabies Control Programme (NRCP) funds do not provide the procurement of the Anti rabies vaccine(ARV).NRCP funds are provided only to strengthen the laboratory, surveillance, training, and advocacy.

Aim: Rabies Elimination Drive

  • The rabies elimination drive is ongoing globally through 2030.
  • Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines are importing ARV and ARS from India.
  • Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has been directed to monitor pharmaceutical firms that produce ARV and ARS. This will ensure the supply of ARV to the states.
  • Quantity of ARV manufactured, exported and sold in the domestic market monthly will be reported to DCGI.
  • Centre has requested that the manufacture of ARV is carried out at full capacity and demand of the domestic market and government institutions are met with preference.

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