Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, April 19
Though a number of dog bite cases are reported from different parts of the city every day, state’s biggest Municipal Corporation (MC) has not made any provision of anti-rabies vaccination at its five dispensaries. Reason behind this is that no doctor is available at these five dispensaries. This information was given by the MC under an application filed under the RTI Act.
The five dispensaries run by the MC are located at Basti Jodhewal, Qila Mohalla, Dhan Devi Dispensary, near Jagraon Bridge, Salem Tabri and Shastri Nagar. However, the required medical staff has not been deployed at these dispensaries for a long time.
Besides, the MC is also running a chest clinic where a doctor is available.
A city-based RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal had sought information about stray dog bite cases reported to the MC since January 2018. He had also sought information about the total number of cases in which the civic body had vaccinated/treated persons bitten by stray dogs. He had further demanded information about available medical staff at the five dispensaries for treatment of patients bitten by stray dogs.
In reply, the civic body stated that no stray dog bite case was reported at the MC Chest Clinic since January 2018. However, a medical officer was deployed at the Chest Clinic.
According to sources, the MC had earlier tied up with two major city hospitals for anti-rabies vaccination, but this facility was withdrawn around five years ago.
“It is shocking that no doctor is available at the five dispensaries run by the MC. In absence of doctor, what is purpose of these dispensaries? The civic body should run its dispensaries properly and ensure availability of the medical staff and anti-rabies vaccination for timely treatment of dog-bite patients,” said another RTI activist.
Earlier, information was sought from the Civil Hospital authorities about people bitten by stray dogs from January 1, 2018, till March 31, 2019. The public information officer at the Civil Hospital had informed that 7,619 patients, who were bitten by stray dogs, had visited the hospital since January 2018.
Senior Veterinary Officer of the MC, Dr YP Singh, said, “Free anti-rabies vaccination facility is available at the Civil Hospital. Earlier, the MC used to give reimbursement to two private hospitals for vaccinating patients bitten by stray dogs.”
After the free anti-rabies vaccination facility was started at the Civil Hospital, the MC had withdrawn the service at the two private hospitals, he added.