Stray dog bites 6 in Budgam

Srinagar: For lack of immunoglobulins, the health authorities in Budgam are shifting patients mauled by stray dogs to the SMHS hospital in Srinagar.

At least six persons were injured on friday by a stray dog at Nunar village in Khansahab area of Budgam district.

The lack of immunoglobulins in district hospitals has led to many deaths in Kashmir as the patients bitten by dogs developed rabies.

A recent case is of a senior prosecuting officer of Baramulla advocate Abdul Majid Rather who got infected with rabies after the health officials didn’t give him immunoglobulins. Rather was bitten by a stray dog outside his home and had a minor wound on his face.

He died within three weeks after being attacked by the dog.

Eyewitnesses said that a stray dog appeared in Nunar village of Budgam and attacked six people in a single day, adding that the canines have spread a reign of terror in the village.

However, the injured were shifted to district hospital Budgam, where three were shifted to the SMHS hospital for further treatment.

The five injured were identified as Raiya Bashir (4) D/O Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Fasail Ahmad (12) son of Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie, Saima (24) D/O Ghulam Ahmad Parrey, Farhan Ahmad (9) S/O Mohd Iqbal Parrey and Ronek (5) D/O Abdul Rashid Dar all residents of Nunar Khansahib.

In-charge Chief Medical officer Budgam, Dr. Ayoub Fateh Khan said that all injured persons were given anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) injections at District Hospital Budgam and later three seriously injured persons were shifted to SMHS hospital for plastic surgeries consultation and immunoglobulins, if needed.

“We don’t have immunoglobulins at Budgam after they expired as no dog bite cases were reported in Budgam for a long time. We can procure them if needed,” Khan said, later informed that we have procured them now.

Meanwhile, DC Budgam Syed Fakhrudin Hamid said that I will ask the Incharge CMO for a factual report about this incident and if found true will write to the concerned authorities about the same.

Locals of the area said that they have stopped sending their children out of their homes as they fear stray dogs are roaming in the village and attack whosoever comes in their way. They have appealed to authorities to act against the increasing population of the canines. (KDC)


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