The only way out is opening shelter homes, says Kutikuppala
Human greed is responsible for stray dogs embarking on a biting spree, noted physician Kutikuppala Surya Rao has said.
At an open forum on ‘Rabies – an emerging threat' organised by Dharani Society at YES Bank in Ram Nagar here on Saturday, he said stray dogs were turning wild in the absence of adequate food and shelter.
Residents were no longer feeding dogs, civic bodies were indifferent to their plight, and animal welfare organisations were not caring to protect them, he said. And this had resulted in some of them becoming aggressive.
To overcome the situation, the government or animal welfare organisations should open shelter homes. The responsibility of controlling stray dogs lay with the civic authorities according to municipal Acts. He alleged that animal welfare organisations were politicising the issue instead of coming out with practical solutions.
Casualties can be avoided by taking basic precautions such as washing the affected area with soap under running water to clear the rabies virus deposited in the wound, going for full course of the ARV vaccine, irrespective of the canine being a pet or a stray.
He demanded that the government make available latest vaccine affordable by fixing the price at Rs.3 per dose as against the existing Rs.300. The vaccine should be made available at all medical stores.
In addition to this, Human Rabies Immunoglobin (HRIG), which costs Rs.18,000, should be administered to those who are bitten on the face or hands. The dosage depends on the body weight of the patient.
Assistant vice-president of YES Bank, Visakhapatnam, K. Venkata Sateesh, and Divisional Sales Manager of Fusion Health Care R. Ravi Kumar were present.