Ascribing to the increasing budget for free anti-rabbies treatment, the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh has
limited the availability of the anti-rabbies’ vaccine to only dog bite victims from the city, apart from a couple of
exceptions. The civic body had decided to specify the provision of availability of anti-rabbies vaccines in its designated dispensaries for only the city residents, after showing residence proof, owing to the increasing annual
budget required by the MC. However, exceptions have been given to a visitor from outside the city, to visit a
city resident, and receives a dog bite, and government officials from outside areas after showing suitable identification document. The dispensaries designated by the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh
(MCC) for dog-bites treatment and anti-rabies vaccination are Municipal Corporation Chandigarh Civil
Dispensary in Sector 19 and Government Dispensary in Sector 38.
According to the information, the health and family welfare authorities had highlighted the civic body of the ever-increasing budget reaching to almost Rs. 90 lakh per year. Around 650 dog bite cases are being reported in the Sector 19 dispensary, whereas Sector 38 dispensary receives around 300 cases on a monthly basis. “ Due to a massive increase in the budget for procurement of anti-rabbies serum and providing free treatment, the step has been taken to control the budget”, said an MC official. According to the 2012 dog census, around 7,847 stray dogs and 9,824 domestic dogs were tallied in Chandigarh, including those in sectors and villages. As per the information, a total of 4,676 stray dogs (3,108 males and 1,568 females) in sectors and 3,171 stray dogs (1,827 males and 1,344 females) in villages and colonies in the city. The number of stray dogs in the city has now gone up to almost 13,000-14,000 now, with around 11,000 dogs being sterilised by the authorities.
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