More than 150,000 dog-bite case recorded in Sindh

Karachi:Upto 150,000 dog-bite cases have been registered throughout Sindh province hospitals from 1st January to 30 September 2020 out of which 17,800 happened in Karachi city alone.

According to the data release by Sindh Health Department, the breakup of the cases is: Karachi 17,800, Naushero Feroze 13,000, Khairpur 12,500, Kashmore 11,400, Dadu 11,300, Kamber 9,100, Sanghar 8,000 and Umerkot 7,500.

The low dog-bite cases were recorded in Tharparkar, Hyderabad, Matiari, Tando Muhammad Khan and Sukkur. In Karachi, out of 17,800 cases, 6,500 dog-bite cases have been recorded at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), 6000 at Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, 5000 at Indus Hospital Karachi and 300 at others district hospitals.

The rabies is a preventable disease transmitted to humans through the bite of infected animals. However, in Pakistan 99pc cases are caused by dog bites. Presently, dog bite cases are being reported from slums areas of Ibrahim Hyderi, Korangi, Surjani, North Karachi, New Karachi, Baldia, Orangi, Keamari, Mehmoodabad, Liaquatabad, Federal B Area, Sohrab Goth, Orangi, Golimar and other areas. The children and elderly people generally become victims in dog bites. In 2019, a total 195,761 dog-bite cases had been registered in Sindh.