Concerted efforts needed to control dog bite cases in city

October 30, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Joint Executive Director & In-charge Emergency Department, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Dr Seemin Jamali revealed on Saturday that an estimated 6,000 dog bite cases are reported every year in emergency department of hospital; therefore concerted efforts are needed to control such cases.

Talking to PPI, Dr Seemin informed that a dog bite clinic was established about 25 years ago at the JPMC, which receive big number of dog bite and rabies cases every year. She said about 65 to 70 dog bite cases are reported every day in the hospital.

She said generally children and elderly people have become victim of dog bites. Talking about preventive measures, she said that children should not play with pet dogs or stray dogs in the street. She said in case of a dog bite, clean the wound at once with soap and water for 10 to 15 minutes and then rush to nearby healthcare for vaccination. She urged the citizens don’t take away patients to faith healers and quacks as it will only complicate the case.

She said that the number of dog bite cases being reported at the rabies clinic at her hospital have been increasing every year due to growing population of stray dogs.

She explained that dogs remain the primary hosts of the virus but it was also found in cats, donkey, horse and jackals and virus transmitted via the bite of a rabid animal. She said rabies virus usually took between two weeks to two years to develop symptoms, which include fever, abnormal behavior, hydrophobia and others.

She said once someone has contracted rabies then he or she can’t be cured; therefore; people should avoid home remedies in case of dog-bite and move patients to nearby hospitals. She said majority of dog bite cases were reported from low-social economic area group of people in the city.

She said although rabies is a fatal disease but it can be prevented by vaccination. She said anti-rabies vaccination is very costly but available for patients free of cost at JPMC.

She stressed that rabies can be prevented from vaccination and not every dog was infected with the virus. However, as a precautionary measure, anyone who has been bitten by a dog should be immunised to prevent him or her from dying.

She urged people to visit the centre in case they have been bitten by dogs so that they may be provided with the proper vaccination and treatment.