Wednesday, December 09, 2009

BBMP wakes up to dog meance in city

BBMP wakes up to dog meance in city



Veena Joshi DattaFirst Published : 08 Dec 2009 08:37:25 AM ISTLast Updated : 08 Dec 2009 09:00:28 AM IST
BANGALORE: With an upsurge in the dog bite cases in the city, BBMP — though still in denial mod — is set to introduce two mobile surgical units and form a rapid action team to control the dog menace.
Based on complaints, these surgical mobile units will visit different places to catch the dogs. As per a pilot project, initially only two surgical units will be operational. “Mainly, slum-dwellers and middle-class people are the victims. The mobile units and the rapid action team will visit various slums, based on the complaints,” said Parviz Ahmed Piran, BBMP joint director (animal husbandry).
Costing nearly Rs 8 lakh, each mobile surgical unit will comprise a doctor and two nurses.
BBMP is also contemplating to form rapid action teams by the end of the month. BBMP has plans to rope in four NGOs (two each from Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh).
The KC General Hospital receives 20 to 30 dog bite cases daily. February, being the breeding period for dogs, could witness a rise in the number of dog bite cases. “There is a possibility of an increase in the dog bite cases in the breeding period.

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