“Over 50,000 citizens bitten by stray dogs every year in Karachi alone”
Health Experts Identify Poor Solid Waste Management System As The Cause Of The City’s Rapidly Growing Dog Population
Each year, around 50,000 citizens are bitten by stray dogs in Karachi alone, where the estimated number of pye-dogs living on the streets is around 200,000, experts said on Friday and blamed the mismanagement of solid waste as the main cause of the growing number of canines in the city and in the rest of the province. “At least 129 people have also lost their lives from rabies encephalitis over the past 10 years at two hospitals in Karachi, namely Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) and Indus Hospital Karachi. It is necessary to vaccinate at least 70% of the stray dogs in the city to obtain herd immunity against rabies instead of slaughtering the dogs, ”said Dr. Naseem Salahuddin, head of the Indus Infectious Diseases department on Friday. Health Network. . Informing vets from different towns in Sindh about a Rabies Free Pakistan Project, a joint initiative of Indus Health Network and Getz Pharma, she said that although rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease, unfortunately dozens of people die because of it. Disease 100 percent fatal due to ignorance and lack of vaccination. According to Dr Salahuddin, despite the increasing incidence of canine attacks, there is no policy to control stray dogs while veterinary services are also insufficient in the country. She said the unavailability of the rabies vaccine (ARV) was also a serious problem, leading to deaths from rabies encephalitis in the country. “Our plan is to eradicate rabies from Pakistani soil within the next 10 years, which appears to be an ambitious but achievable goal.” In the case of a person bitten by a stray dog, their wound should be immediately washed thoroughly with soap and water and a little disinfectant should be applied to the wound, she said, adding that anyone bitten by a stray dog must be vaccinated with ARVs and they must complete their vaccination. Regarding the Rabies-Free Pakistan project, she said, together with Getz Pharma, they were vaccinating stray dogs against rabies, for which the World Health Organization (WHO) had provided them with 50,000 vaccine doses. She added that the idea was to vaccinate 70% of stray dogs to gain herd immunity to the highly fatal infectious disease. “Most people, grieved by the growing stray dog population in both urban and rural areas, demand the mass slaughter of dogs, but it is an inhumane approach. The solution is the One Health approach, which will not only reduce the cruelty-free stray dog population over time, but also eliminate rabies. Professor Abdullah Arijo from the Agricultural University of Sindh Tandojam said collaborative efforts are needed to address the problem of stray dogs. He felt that instead of slaughtering stray dogs, they should be vaccinated and neutered to control their population. Getz Pharma’s commercial director, Dr Khurram Hussain, said his company has decided to cooperate with the Indus Health network and civil society to eradicate the country’s rabies as a community service, and hopes their collaboration will bring results. positive for society as well as for animals. . A public health expert from Getz Pharma, Dr Wajiha Javed, also spoke.
Most people, grieved by the growing stray dog population in both urban and rural areas, demand the mass slaughter of dogs, but it is an inhumane approach.
– Dr Naseem Salahuddin, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Indus Health Network