11000 dog bite cases recorded in two years:Canine terror gives sleepless nights to people
Srinagar, Dec 25:
Canine terror has returned to haunt Kashmir as Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS)
hospital has received more than 11000 dog bite cases in the last two years.
accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveals that more than 5200 cases of dog bites
were registered at the SMHS hospital in the current fiscal so far. This
indicates that the hospital has received 19 cases on an average daily. In 2018, SMHS hospital received 6300 dog bite
center notwithstanding, Srinagar city witnessed the highest number of dog bite
cases. In the first nine months of
2019-20, SMHS hospital received over 3200 cases of dog bites from Srinagar city
alone. Last year 4500 dog bite were reported from Srinagar city.
children under the age group of 10 years and around 800 elderly people above 60
years of age were bitten by dogs in 2018, read the data. Besides, 750 cases of
adolescents were also reported in the hospital during the period.
however, are expected to be even higher as these do not include the cases
treated at periphery hospitals in various districts,” an official at the
Officer, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Dr Javaid Rather told The Kashmir
Monitor that the sterilization process is halted during winter as the cases of
dog deaths surge.
“We have to work
according to the guidelines of Animal Welfare Board of India, which suggest that
during winter season dogs may suffer hypothermia which can lead to the death of
animal. That is why sterilization is stopped for two months,” Dr Javaid
He however said
that proliferation rate of dogs is quite high which may be one of the reasons
for increased dog bite cases. “In
Shuhama dog sterilization center, five to six dogs are sterilized daily but due
to the unprecedented situation the sterilization was closed since August. In
November the process resumed for few days and later was halted again as the
temperature dipped,” he said
Dr Javaid said
Animal Birth Control Center, Tengpora, will take two more months for
completion. “It would conduct 60 surgeries per day which means above 15000 dogs
will be sterilized per year”, he said.
There are three
categories of animal bites. Category I involves touching or feeding the animal,
lick on intact skin, which requires no action.
involves nibbling of uncovered skin, minor scratches or abrasions without
bleeding; in that case, the wound needs to be cleaned and the patient
administered Anti-Rabies Vaccination (ARV).
category involves single or multiple transdermal bites or scratches, licks on
broken skin or contamination of mucous membrane with saliva. In that case, the
wound needs to be cleaned and the patient is given Anti-Rabies Vaccination
along with Rabies Immunoglobulin.