Rabid jackals terrorise Dhading locals

- POST REPORT, Dhading

Jan 11, 2015-

The locals of three wards in Maidi VDC in the district have been terrorised as rabid jackals have wreaked havoc in the area. As of date, 14 humans as well as scores of livestock have sustained injuries from the attack of the jackals in Maidi-5, 6, and 9. Among the injured people, nine have sustained serious injuries.

“The menace that had started nine days ago in Gairigaun when the jackals had suddenly attacked Nawaraj Thapa, 15, is yet to come to an end,” said local youth Bam Bahadur Khadka. After being bitten on his finger, Thapa has not been able to seek medical assistance due to financial constraints, and similar is the condition of four others.

A pack of half a dozen rabid jackals have been attacking humans and livestock in market places, animal sheds and in people’s homes too. Although local youths of Gairigaun have killed one of the jackals, the remaining five have not stopped wreaking havoc in the VDC. In the wake of terror spread by the jackals, locals of Gairigaun have killed 16 dogs bitten by the rabid jackals and 18 dogs in other two VDCs to prevent the spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, in the absence of proper treatment, locals have been compelled to shell out hefty sum of money in medical bills and travel cost to Capital. The District Hospital, has been referring patients with serious injuries from the waist up to the Capital. Locals have had to spend as much as Rs 46,000 for treatment as the rabies immune globulin, which is used together with rabies vaccine, has to be administered in accordance to a person’s weight.  

Locals complained that despite several complaints, the District Livestock Services Office had been turned a blind eye to their plight.

Meanwhile, stating that they had deployed police personnel to kill the jackals, Chief District Officer Basudev Ghimire said that it was not possible for the police alone to control the menace.

Published: 12-01-2015 09:19

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