200 people bitten by stray dogs in Odisha’s Rourkela

Rourkela: More than 200 people were bitten by stray dogs in and around Indira Gandhi Park locality here in the last three days, officials said on Tuesday.

More than 200 patients have been given medical treatment after being bitten by stray and rabid dogs since Sunday, Doctors at Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) said, adding some dog bite cases were received on Tuesday too.

Director of RGH Dr Dinabandhu Panda said on an average 70 to 80 dog bite cases are reported at the hospital everyday, but the count went up to 141 on Sunday after the biting spree in Indira Gandhi Park area.

He said it is difficult to calculate the exact number of people who fell victim to stray dogs in last three days as the hospital receives a mixed variety of patients coming for the administration of the anti-rabies vaccine.

Stating that there is no scarcity of vaccines in the hospital, Dr Panda said everything is available in adequate quantity. “We maintain a good stock,” he said. Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Rourkela, Aboli Sunil Naravane said the administration is aware of the incident and has already asked Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) officials to take appropriate action.

Deputy Commissioner of RMC Sudhansu Bhoi said, “We have started the dog catching operation. We are  going to keep them in the kennel we have.” Steps for sterilisation will also be undertaken, he said.

Meanwhile, MLA, Rourkela Sarada Nayak visited RGH and took stock of the situation, especially about availability of vaccine.

“I am keeping an eye on the entire development and have instructed the RGH authorities to maintain ample stock of the vaccine. I have also spoken to RMC officials in this regard.”

(PTI)

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