KARACHI: The CEO of Indus Health Network (IHN) Dr Abdul Bari Khan while expressing concern on increasing incidents of dog biting and rabies cases here has extended assistance to city administration to make “Rabies Free Karachi”.
Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC) here Tuesday Dr. Abdul Bari said that IHN had inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the City Mayor earlier this month to cope with the challenges of dog biting and rabies.
Dr Abdal Bari said that every year as many as 55000 people die due rabies around the world.
He warned that increasing population of stray dogs in the city resulted registration of almost 4500 patients of dog bites last year.
The Head of the department of Medicine and infectious Diseases, Dr Ms Naseem Salahuddin briefed in details about rabies free-of-cost treatment facility available at The Indus Hospital as per the recommendation of World Health Organization (WHO).
Under the “Rabies free Karachi” Program, we will immunize stray dogs with anti-rabies vaccination -Mass Dog Vaccination (MDV) and Animal Birth Control (ABC) – to curb their population”, she explained.
She also informed that a team consisting of representatives of government, animal welfare organization and health care institute will supervise the campaign.
She said that the campaign to be initiated within a next weeks from Ibrahim Hydari.
Speaking on the occasion, the Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar while appreciating IHN for highlighting the issue assured full cooperation by providing all possible resource required from the KMC departments to make the campaign a success.
A press release quoting the Mayor said that KMC has allocated Rs. 20 million as a conribution for this campaign.
He appealed to the media to create awareness regarding this campaign and inform the Indus Hospital Helpline 111-880-880 about the presence of stray doges in their areas and any help needed in this regard.