Ludhiana: The stray dogs are having free run at the premises of Civil Hospital, Ludhiana as in last one year stray dogs have bitten more than five hundred people inside hospital premises to whom they gave vaccination. Despite sterilization campaign by Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, population of stray dogs is multiplying in the premises only.
The Civil Hospital authorities rue that despite of the repeated complaints, they have not been provided with any permanent solution. On an average, the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana has seen close to 50 odd dog bite cases every month in its anti-rabies clinic. The officials said that figure could be much more as a lot of the private hospitals do not report to them. “We are asking hospitals in city to report dog bite cases to us, so that they can assess seriousness of problem,” they said.
Last week, Vinod Kumar, a vendor was bitten by a stray dog on his leg. He was bitten by the dog in the civil hospital and he was bleeding profusely. He was lucky to get treatment on time. The next day, he made a complaint to the authorities and the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation but no one came to catch the dog in hospital.
On other hand, MCL authorities claimed that they are already running sterilization drive in order to control the number of stray dogs in the city. Sterilization is just one way to check spread of rabies. The doctors in the civil hospital confirmed that cases of dog bite do rise during summer and attributed spurt to the extremely hot climatic conditions and animal’s inability to sweat. Most cases happen in hospital when people suddenly confront a dog sitting in cool corner or under vehicles.
In such situations, the already distressed animal reacts violently. The Senior Medical Officer, Kulwinder Singh said that they have written about the problem of the stray dogs at the Civil Hospital to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.
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