3200 dog bites reported in Budgam in 2017

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Sadaf Shabir

BUDGAM: Budgam has witnessed an uptick in dog menace cases as stray dogs attacked more than three thousand people last year alone.
According to Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) report, 2016 witnessed above 2700 cases of dog bites in the central Kashmir district. Last year, the toll reached 3200 showing an upward trend in the menace.
Despite an increase in the cases, the municipal committee Budgam is sitting over cases saying the “situation is under control”.
Budgam civic body’s executive officer Syed Nayeem Rizvi told Kashmir Reader said only 13 cases of dog bites were reported at the district hospital in 2017.
“As per records provided by district hospital Budgam only 13 cases of dog bites were reported in 2017 and it is not a matter of concern,” he said, adding that no committee has been set up to check dog population of in the district.
Mohammad Amin Lone of Haknipora in the district said dogs attacked him on December 2017 in the evening when he was returning home.
He said both his legs were mauled and he was removed to Budgam hospital where from he was shifted to SMHS Hospital. According to him, Budgam hospital lacked anti-rabies vaccine.