Rabid dogs terrorise locals

- Bhim Bahadur Singh, JAJARKOT

Oct 7, 2014-

Local people in some remote villages in Jajarkot district have been terrorised after rabies-infected dogs started biting villagers and animals indiscriminately.

More than two dozen people were attacked and bit by rabies-infected dogs in Majkot, Garkhakot and Kortang VDCs in the past two months alone. However, the problems faced by rabid dog bite victims have only been compounded by the fact that majority of them were deprived of timely treatment which posed serious threat to their lives.   

Phure Nepali of Majkot-2 sustained serious injuries after being attacked by a rabid dog recently. Nepali, who lost his lower lip in the horrifying incident, does not know whether he has contracted rabies as he could not get timely treatment after the attack. Although he had gone to the local health post immediately following the attack, but since the health institution was out of anti-rabies vaccination, it took him three days on foot to reach District Hospital to receive the anti-rabies shots.

This is just a case in point. Many villagers bitten by rabid dogs have similar stories to relate. They say they had rushed to the district headquarters to receive the anti-rabies vaccination after finding that health posts in their area were without the life-saving anti-rabies vaccination.

Padam Bahadur Shahi, a local, said that more than 20 people were bitten by rabid dogs and jackals in the area in the past two months. The rabid dogs and jackals also bit nearly 40 livestock such as buffalos, cows and goats.

The local people demanded that the authorities put an end to the terror of the rabid dogs once and for all and avail the required medicines in the local health posts to fend off the viral disease. The primary health centre located in Garkhakot is equipped with a storage facility for the anti-rabies vaccination, but the District Public Health Office has still not been able to supply the vaccination regularly. Some victims even complained that they could not get the vaccination even at the district hospital and were compelled to buy it from private clinics by paying hefty sums. Shahi claimed that some dog bite victims were compelled to fork even upto Rs 6,000 for a single dose of anti-rabies vaccination from private clinics.

 

Published: 08-10-2014 09:38

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