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Health shocker.

I happened to hurt myself

in the shower by

hitting my head against a broken soap tray. The gash to my head was quite deep. Hence, I decided to go for a tetanus injection the very same evening to the Naim Health Centre.

I was bewildered to find out from the doctor that there were no tetanus vaccines available at health centres in Bahrain. When I asked the doctor what they were actually prescribing patients who required the jab, he informed me that they were being prescribed painkillers.

I was informed by one of the staff that for the past month the tetanus injection had been unavailable at any of the health centres. Every children going to school knows the importance of a tetanus vaccine. How is it possible that they are not available?


A HEALTH Ministry spokesman said: "At least 4,000 doses of DT anti-poisoning vaccines were provided in August and distributed to health centres across Bahrain.

"No complaints were reported. Additional supplies will be available during the course of this week."

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Sep 28, 2008
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