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Alarming rise in dog bite cases

Alarming rise in dog bite cases
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According to district medical records, more than 30,000 dog bite cases were reported in the district for the last 5 years. But, there are no concrete efforts to control birth of dogs by officials concerned. According to Animal Husbandry department records, the total strength of dogs in district was 60,000 in 2015.

Tirupati: According to district medical records, more than 30,000 dog bite cases were reported in the district for the last 5 years. But, there are no concrete efforts to control birth of dogs by officials concerned. According to Animal Husbandry department records, the total strength of dogs in district was 60,000 in 2015.

Highlights:

  • On an average, 30,000 dog bite cases registered in the last 5 years
  • No rabies cases recorded in the district from 2012, says DMHO
  • Doctors averse to open anti-rabies vile for injecting a single dosage to patient as it can be used for 10 patients. Once opened, vile becomes waste after 24 hours

In which, urban dog population was 19,822. There are allegations that officials failed to control birth of dogs effectively in urban bodies, especially in colonies located on the city outskirts. Particularly, street dog bites have increased in villages. It is learnt that rabies cases were not reported officially in DMHO office since 2012.

In the last six months, 8,398 cases of dog bites were registered across the district.To control birth of dogs, civic bodies like Madanapalle, Srikakahasti and Nagari are facing severe shortage of funds.

Only Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) has achieved a target of 90 per cent for controlling dog births. It may be noted that some of the Primary Health Centre (PHC) doctors are not treating the dog bite patients though sufficient stock of vaccines available in 102 PHCs across the district.

The doctors are not showing interest to open anti-rabies vile to inject a single dosage for a dog bite patient. Once vile opened, the drug must be used for 10 patients at a time. Other than rabies, zoonotic diseases like anthrax, brucellosis and leptospirosis cases were also reported in the district, but in small number.

DMHO Dr S Vijay Gouri informed The Hans India that no rabies cases were recorded in the district in the last 5 years. “We are making anti-rabies vaccine available in all PHCs and area hospitals,” she added. MCT Commissioner C Hari Kiran stated that civic body has been taking up birth control of dogs in tie-up with city-based voluntary organisation called Animal Care. He said that corporation is paying Rs 4.50 for each street dog birth control operation and vaccination.

By K Nethaji

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