Karachi Witnesses Alarming Rise In Rabies Cases

23 dog-bitten cases reported in 7 hours

KARACHI: At least 23 people bitten by rabid dogs were brought to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in only 7 hours yesterday, reflecting an alarming rise in rabies cases in the metropolis.

RMO Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Dr. Jahanzeb told media that 23 people were brought to them till 4pm, while the hospital wasn’t provided with any vaccine to treat the rabies cases.

He said all of the patients had to arrange the vaccine at their own from private sources to get the treatment done.

Informed sources told Regional Telegraph that Abbasi Shaheed hospital hadn’t been provided with anti-rabies vaccine for some 8 years.

Most of the cases were reported from FC Area, where 12 people fell victim to dog-bite incidents. Feeling helpless, citizens dialed 15 for seeking urgent help from Police.

As police team rushed to the spot to help locals, its team leader, a Sub Inspector was also attacked by a rabid dog. The officer was immediately rushed to the hospital.

Police Sub Inspector injured in dog attack in FC Area.

Talking to media, local UC Chairman said he had no power to cull the dogs, as the Sindh government had banned culling on court orders.

Taking notice of the rising incidents, Sindh Rangers rushed to the spot and started dog hunting in FC area.

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