Jammu, Nov 07: Though the High Court has directed Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) to provide required assistance to Srinagar Municipal Corporation for controlling the menace of stray dogs in the summer capital Srinagar, the miseries of people faced due to these canines seem to be unending.
Stray dogs struck terror in Baramulla town of north Kashmir on Tuesday morning. The canines attacked nearly 50 persons, including women and elderly. However, what compounded the misery of the victims was the non-availability of enough stocks of anti-rabies vaccine.
People believe here that street dog numbers continue to affect people in majority of the areas of Srinagar city and other towns of the Kashmir and this will be the trend if the authorities continue to do nothing. “The control methods used are inadequate, as trapping is rarely a method that is considered and is totally undervalued and underutilized,” one of the local residents of Srinagar told KNS.
People blame the authorities for not taking appropriate steps to reduce the increasing dog population. The cases reported with Socio and Preventive Medicine Department at the SMHS Hospital, the only tertiary care hospital in the Valley, has registered hundreds of dog bits during the recent years.
In Srinagar alone, hundreds of people were bitten by canines. According to official data, there are about 48,000 dogs in the city, but unofficial estimates say the number is about 1, 00,000.
To control the canine population in the city, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has taken the process of sterilization, but people said that it was a long process and there should be some short-term plan by the SMC to stop the cases of dog bites.
“Sterilization is a long-time process. The government is not serious in solving this grave issue. Something needs to be done timely to check the menace,” said Habib-ullah, a resident of Srinagar.
Stray canines can be seen roaming on streets, chasing cars, pulling down bicycle riders and often attacking pedestrians and schoolchildren.
The situation is worse in the outskirts where the municipal corporation is not that active is checking the menace.
According to experts, the reason behind the ferocity of the dogs is the high-protein offal they are fed regularly because of the dietary habits of residents of Kashmir, where mutton and chicken are a staple diet.
The inhabitants of Bemina MIG colony area complained that even though hundreds of dogs’ prowl in the area, the authorities had failed to check the menace. “For the past four years the SMC admits that the stray dog population has reached alarming proportions with over one lakh prowling in the City. Still, the corporation has failed to act,” Said senior citizen Ajaz ahmad of the area.
“We fear that the dog population if kept unchecked could trigger fear psychosis among people. The dog issue needs to be dealt with seriously or else by four years dogs may outnumber Srinagarities and they will victimize every one of us,” he said. Despite repeated attempts the SMC officials couldn’t be contacted.
It is to mention here that a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey issued the direction after it was informed that there was only one centre at Shuhama, for controlling the birth of the stray dogs at present.
“In order that SMC is able to achieve the objectives, they will need full financial assistance and logistic support from H&UDD. A request has already been made by the SMC on 29 March 2016 and 16 May 2016,” the court had said.
Zadibal hospital without electricity, heating facility
Srinagar, Nov 20: The patients at the Primary Health Center Zadibal have been facing a tough time due to unavailability of electricity, with most of them forced to return without undergoing certain pathological tests.
The hospital has been without an alternative power option, as a result of which the staff is unable to do many machine-dependent tests, even at the time of emergencies.
A technician at the health center (name withheld) said, “We do not have round-the-clock electricity. We get electricity till 12 in the afternoon, after which no test can be done.”
Additionally, the technician said, the electricity goes off after every two hours, paralysing the system. “Patients have to wait even in case of emergencies or visit any other hospital. We are helpless, we have asked many times for 24-hour power supply, but nothing has been done about it, so far.”
On an average, 25-30 patients visit the hospital daily.
A patient, Masrat, suffering severe pain in back and abdomen, was asked to visit the next day, as there was no electricity for her urine examination.
“Doctor told me to get the test done, but here they have no electricity. So, I am being asked to return,” she said.
There is also no heating arrangement at the hospital, forcing the in-patients to survive in a cold environment.
Dr Manzoor, a General Physician at the hospital, said there was no heating arrangement even for the staff.“We perform in this cold and the patients suffer as well,” he said.
Dr Nighat, Zonal Medical Officer Zadibal, said, “Electricity problem is seen everywhere, but we will try to arranging an alternative very soon.”
“Our job is to write to the higher authorities. The rest is up to them,” she said.
Shopian shuts to mourn killing of four militants
Shopian: People in South Kashmir’s Shopian Wednesday observed a complete shutdown against the killing of four militants.
Reports said that all the shops and other business establishments including schools remained closed in the district and traffic also remained off the roads.
An eyewitness said that people from different walks of life visited the families of slain militants, all from Shopian, to offer condolences to the bereaved families. The four slain militants were identified as Inam-ul-Haq, a resident of Motjan Shopian, Mehraj-u-din, a resident of Drawnee village of Shopian, Abid Nazi, A resident of Padapora village of Shopian, and Basharat Nengroo, a resident of Chotigam village of Shopian district.
Apart from the four slain militants, a para-commando was also killed and two others sustained injuries during an encounter between the militants and a joint team of Police army, police, in Nadigam village of district Shopian, in south Kashmir.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was also observed in Achabal Anantnag against the killing of senior separatist leader and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat District President Anantnag Hafeezullah Mir. Mir was killed by unknown gunmen at his native Bhadro Achabal village.
Non-punctual docs make patients in Panzalla Rafiabad suffer daily
Baramulla, Nov 21: Amid prevailing wintry chill, many patients were kept waiting outside a health centre at Panzalla area in Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district by doctors who reportedly turned up in the afternoon on Wednesday.
Locals of the area said that the doctors seldom come on time, forcing patients either to wait or visit Srinagar or Baramulla hospital.
The locals appealed the administration to look into their grievances and address them by making doctors and other staff including paramedics punctual.
They also urged the administration to provide all facilities otherwise available in the medical facility equivalent to the one at Panzalla.
Chief Medical Officer Baramulla Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo when contacted said that he will look into the matter. “I will ask concerned BMO Rohama to look into the matter,” he added.
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