Haripur Hospital received over 2,000 dog bite cases in eight months
HARIPUR: Cases of dog bites have registered a significant increase in the city and surrounding areas here, according to official sources. However, according to residents, the municipal tehsil administration has not yet intervened to control stray dogs.
Speaking to this correspondent, people said that cases of dog bites were frequently reported in Haripur town, Darwesh, Kangra settlement, Khalabat township, Sera-i-Saleh and Afghan camps and that children and the elderly were the most affected by dog attacks.
A teenage girl died in the village of Kahka after being attacked and seriously injured by a dog the other day.
Official sources at Haripur Trauma Center said that from January to August, the emergency department of the district headquarters hospital had received about 2,000 cases of dog bites while the number of cases reported in health units base and other peripheral health facilities in the district was not yet known. .
Official says government hospitals have enough stocks of rabies vaccines
The sources said that on average, the trauma center receives more than 200 dog bite cases per month. They said that all those dog-bitten patients brought to government health facilities without wasting time recovered after receiving proper treatment.
When contacted, the Assistant Medical Superintendent of the Trauma Center, Dr. Tahir Iqbal, confirmed that over the past eight months over 2,000 cases of dog bites had been reported. He said the stray dog population has increased significantly in Haripur.
Responding to a question, he said a victim should receive the first dose of rabies vaccine (ARV) within 72 hours of the dog bite and the second dose three days after, while each of the remaining three doses should be given. every seven days.
He said victims of dog bites should go to government facilities rather than charlatans because all government hospitals have sufficient stocks of rabies vaccines.
Waheed Khan, a resident of Khalabat township, lamented that there used to be “kuta mar mohim” (conduct to put down stray dogs) at the municipal government level in the past, but due to the lack of action, stray dogs could now be seen roaming every street in the city.
He said that in all cases, the TMA should take the necessary steps to protect children and the elderly from attacks by stray dogs.
When contacted, Deputy Director of Local Government Hasnain Kazmi said that killing or catching stray dogs was within the purview of the TMA. Tehsil municipal officer Haripur could not be approached for comment as he was not on duty.
Posted in Dawn, August 29, 2022