Srinagar emerge as dog capital of state, reports 9514 dog bites in 2017

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SRINAGAR : Srinagar has emerged as the dog capital of the state as the number of dog-bites reported in 2017 were the highest from state’s first city, information revealed by the state government in the state legislature said.

Srinagar alone reported 9514 dog bites to the hospitals in 2017. Kashmir had registered a staggering 26923 dog bites last year, the details revealed. These cases reported either to the anti-rabies clinic of the SMHS hospital or to the vast network of hospitals that Directorate of Health Services operates in the periphery of the state.

SMHS hospital alone reported 6825 dog reported cases in 2017, the highest in the month of August when 734 cases came to the hospital. Apart from Srinagar, 314 cases from Bandipore, 409 from Budgam, 288 from Baramulla, 116 from Kupwara, 154 from Ganderbal, 205 from Pulwama, 74 from Kulgam, 73 from Shopian, 81 from Islamabad and 61 from other areas reported to the SMHS hospital in 2017, the details tabled in the House said.

But the real rush of the dog bite cases was to the peripheral hospitals. Directorate of Health Services said its hospitals managed a load of 20098 dog bite cases in the first 11 months of 2017, ending November. Srinagar topped the list by sending 4454 dog bite cases to the hospitals.

Baramulla topped the list as the district sent 3220 cases, Budgam reported 2762 cases, Islamabad reported 2492 cases, Bandipora sent 742 cases, Ganderbal reported 1119 cases, Kargil 11 cases, Kulgam 1839 cases, Kupwara had 256 cases, Lee 797 cases, Pulwama 1936 cases, as Shopian reported 470 cases.

The information was revealed by the state government in a question raised by NC lawmaker Ali Mohammad Sagar.

“It is an established fact that multiplication rate of dogs is quite high but their survival rate mainly depends on the availability of the food,” the government explained in the response. “If the food is available in abundance, the multiplication and survival rate will be higher, if the availability of food waste is curtailed this will have a bearing on the life span and proliferation rate of stray dogs.” (PTK)