HYDERABAD: The menace of stray dogs is a daily nuisance for many. But you may never have guessed the sheer magnitude of the problem. As per official records, Telangana State is second in the country as far as dog bite cases are concerned!
A staggering 16,3,726 dog bite cases have been recorded in the last 11 months alone. The data, available with the Directorate of Public Health, Telangana, shows Nalgonda district tops the list in the State with 32,793 cases while Mahabubnagar comes next with 24,177 during the same period.
A major reason for this drastic hike in the number of cases seems to be failure of local bodies, especially in rural areas where the problem is much more acute than in urban areas.
Officials at the Public Health Department blame the local bodies for not taking any preventive measures. Several municipalities had planned
sterilisation of stray dogs but had to retreat following protests from animal rights activists. Believe it or not, no activity has been taken up to check the dog menace in the State in the last one year.
As per official data, snake bite cases too are rising at an alarming level across the State. About 8,215 cases have been reported from across the State this year alone. Mahabubnagar district registered the highest number of 1899 cases followed by Medak at 1325.
“We have already supplied medicines to the district centres and are taking measures to prevent deaths in these cases,” said Dr S Sambasiva Rao, Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, Telangana, said, assuring that all is not lost.