Rabies scare in Orang VDC

  • Villagers arrive in Charikot for treatment after two persons died in a month
  • Local health post without rabies vaccines
- RAJENDRA MANANDHAR, DOLAKHA

Dec 19, 2016-Around 50 people from Orang VDC of Dolakha district have arrived in Charikot, seeking treatment for rabies.

They decided to visit the district headquarters after two villagers--Yuvaraj Thakuri and Sip Bahadur Tamang-- died after suffering from telling symptoms of rabies, including hydrophobia and hallucinations. 

Both Yuvaraj, who died on Saturday, and Sip Bahadur, who died a month ago, had been bitten by stray dogs, said Prakash Thakuri, one of the villagers. 

He said that nearly two dozen villagers were attacked by stray dogs in the last three months.

Among the villagers who have come to Charikot for treatment include those who had come in contact with Yuvaraj and Sip Bahadur before their death.

Dr Binod Dangal at Charikot Hospital said only one woman who had been bitten by a dog three weeks ago was administered rabies vaccine.

The other villagers, according to Dr Dangal, were bitten at least a month ago and vaccinating them would have no effect at this point. They were offered counselling about the disease, he added. 

Orang is located nearly 55 km north of Charikot at Nepal-China border. 

The villagers said that they had to visit Charikot for treatment because the health post at Orang did not have rabies vaccines. 

Meanwhile, the District Health Office has sent health workers and rabies vaccines to the VDC after learning about rabies scare.

Published: 19-12-2016 07:49

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