Severe threat from dogs and monkeys in Varanasi

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VARANASI: The constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing severe threat from dogs and monkeys. More than 400 persons bitten by dogs and monkeys are administered anti-rabies injection every day at different government hospitals in the district.

“In Shiv Prasad Gupta Divisional Hospital alone, around 100-200 persons every day are admisitered the anti-rabies injections,” said chief pharmacist OP Dwivedi. Dwivedi himself was was busy in administering the injection to patients at room number 7 of the hospital while talking to TOI on Thursday. People suffering from animal bites start assembling at the hospital premises from around 8.30am. Similar crowds could be seen at Deen Dayal District Hospital, Ramnagar Hospital and other government hospitals, he said.

The UP minister of state for health Shankhlal Manjhi while replying to a question put up by BJP MLA Shyam Deo Roychaudhary on Wednesday in the state assembly said that in Varanasi alone over 400 persons are administered rabies vaccine per day. He also claimed that there was no shortage of vaccines for rabies in the state and it is available free of cost in government hospitals. Dwivedi also claimed that there was adequate stock of anti-rabies vaccine in the hospital.

According to the report of Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI), majority (75%) of animal bite victims belonged to poor and low-income group. The main biting animal was dog (91.5%) of which 62.9% were strays and 37.1% pets. The presence and menace of stray dogs was high. The pet dog care and management practices were not satisfactory. The municipal licencing of pet dogs was inadequate. The APCRI recommended that a census of dogs or a scientific estimation of dog population is needed. There is an urgent need to tackle the menace of stray dog population on a war footing. More effective municipal licensing of pet dogs and awareness campaigns for better and responsible dog care and management practices is needed.

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