No anti-rabies vaccine in hospitals as Doon registers 50% spike in dog bite cases

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DEHRADUN: Stray dog menace in the city continues unabated even as the state government had, in the past, announced several concerted efforts to rein in the menace. There has been a record 50% spike in the number of dog bite cases here between January and May as compared to previous year’s numbers. For most patients again, the ordeal of getting an anti-rabies vaccine has been worse than the trauma of being attacked with several city hospitals failing to provide vaccines. In the past two weeks, none of the government hospitals had a stock of anti-rabies injections.
A whopping 76 cases were reported at the Government Doon Medical College Hospital (GDMC) on June 5 alone so much so that hospital authorities had to put up a signboard citing unavailability of anti-rabies injections by the end of the day. Sources at the hospital said they have been getting around 50-70 dog bite cases every day.
About 2,000 dog bite cases were reported in the first five months of 2016, the hospitals here have already received 3,000 incidents in the current year. In May, 720 new cases of dog bite were reported in the city.

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