KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has sought progress report of the Sindh Rabies Control Programme regarding vaccination of stray dogs.
The high court has expressed dissatisfaction over slow pace of the vaccination of stray dogs across the province. Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar wondered that why the programme was still in its first phase.
He said the Sindh government had announced to introduce the Turkish model but no significant progress could be made so far in this regard. He asked if the number of dog bite incidents had decreased or not.
Adjourning hearing of the case till Nov 11, the SHC directed to speed the work in this regard and provide rabies vaccines to all hospitals.
As many as 150,000 dog-bite cases were registered at hospitals across the province from January 1 to September 30, as per the data released by the Sindh Health Department.
Karachi saw the highest number of dog-bite cases, numbering at 17,800. Naushero Feroze reported 13,000 dog-bite cases, Khairpur 12,500, Kashmore 11,400, Dadu 11,300, Qambar-Shahdadkot 9,100, Sanghar 8,000 and Umerkot 7,500.
Of all the cases registered in Karachi, 6,500 were reported at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, 6,000 at the Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital, 5,000 at the Indus Hospital, and 300 at other district hospitals.