(MENAFN - Pajhwok Afghan News) FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Nearly 100 people were vaccinated after being bitten by stray dogs in northeastern Badakhshan province during the ongoing solar year amid an ongoing campaign to kill the abandoned animals.
Badakhshan Public Health Director Dr. Noor Khawari acknowledged incidents of dog bites had increased and that people in Faizabad, the provincial capital, and other parts of the province were complaining about the menace.
He said they had so far this year registered up to 100 incidents of stray dog bites.
He said anti-rabies vaccine was available at the hospital free of cost, but a solution must be found to the dog bite incidents.
He said a campaign to kill stray dogs was underway in coordination with the Agriculture Ministry and the Municipality.
Khawari said victims of dog bite should immediately visit hospital for vaccination as the rabies virus symptoms begin to show in 20 or 25 days but the timing was different depending on the injury€™s distance from human brain.
He confirmed receiving dog bite victims from Darem, Urgo, Shahr-i-Buzarg, Bharak, Shuhada, Arghistan and other areas in the civil hospital for anti-rabies vaccination. €œIf someone gets bitten at an area near to the head he/she has 24 hours to visit a clinic.€
Abdul Rahim, a resident of Urgo district, said: €œThere are too many stray dogs in our area. We can€™t come out of homes at night due to the fear the dogs would bite us, and we want the government to eradicate the wild dogs.€
Habibullah, a resident of Daryayim district, said a dog bite him the foot when he came out of his house at night. €œThe doctors said it was a stray dog bite and I should be administered the anti-rabies vaccine at the central hospital.€
After vaccination, Habibullah said he felt good but doctors had advised him to get vaccinated another three times.