Eastern Province has run out of anti-rabies vaccine for human beings.
Provincial Medical Officer, Dr. Kennedy Malama confirmed to Breeze News that the shortage has affected the province for the past three weeks.
Dr. Malama has attributed the situation to an increase in the number of dog bites being recorded stating that the number of stray dogs has also increased.
Dr. Malama says that almost all the districts in the province are recording about 30 dog bites per week.
He however, says that the province has not recorded any outbreak of rabies this year.
The Provincial Medical Officer has urged dog owners to ensure that they have an affordable number of dogs and are able to take care of them by vaccinating them from the Veterinary Department.
And a check by Breeze News in drug stores found the anti-rabies vaccines, which consists of five injections being sold at almost 500 Kwacha, which is unaffordable to most people.