Kupwara: On an average, eight persons have been bitten by stray dogs in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district every year as more than 2800 people were attacked during a period of one year from April 2015 to March 2016.
The cases of dig bites have come from every nook and corner of the expansive district with heaviest military presence. The government forces’ camps are considered to be major breeders of stray dogs.
Statistics provided by the health department indicate that as many as 600 cases of dog bites were treated in district hospital Kupwara.
The number of cases in sub-district hospitals too is not less. In sub-district hospital Handwara, 1021 patients were attended while 412 received treatment at PHC Sogam.
In Trehgam, Zachaldara, Kalaroos and Vilgam, 43, 33, 60 and 190 patients with dog bites were treated.
The health center at Handwara treated 50 dog-bite cases while Langate, Kralpora and Tangdhar hospitals received 187,126 and 83 cases respectively.
The locals say that the statistics provided by the officials were not reflective of the actual menace of dog-bites on the ground. “Some people directly shift the injured persons to other hospitals while many others do not report to the hospitals,” a local resident said.
Annoyed by the growing menace, Chief Medical Officer Kupwara Dr Gulam Nabi Lone has written to higher authorities of his own department and the Municipal Council Kupwara and sought immediate steps to control the increasing population of stray dogs.