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Repeated dog attacks create panic among people

82 bitten in one day, including children


Published: 09:08, 10 July 2024

Update: 09:16, 10 July 2024

Repeated dog attacks create panic among people

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The number of dog attacks has surged dramatically in Manikganj, leading to widespread panic as 82 people, including children, were bitten in a single day. This alarming increase in incidents has heightened public fear, with concerns that the number of victims could continue to rise.

Doctors at the 250-bed General Hospital in Manikganj are providing medical treatment to those affected. Reports indicate that most victims are residents of areas such as Seota, Beutha, Dashara, Manara, and the bus stand area in Manikganj, although some were passersby from various other locations.

One victim of a dog attack recounted their experience, stating they were at the bus stand area to work on a vehicle when a dog suddenly bit their leg. They noted that several others had been bitten before them that day.

Jahirul Islam, a businessman from the Manikganj bus stand area, expressed his fear, stating that many people were bitten by dogs in Manikganj, and now they are afraid to even go out on the streets. He emphasized the urgent need for the authorities to take immediate action to address the situation.

Dr. Mohammad Azizul Haque, the wildlife officer of Manikganj Sadar Upazila, explained that due to the High Court's observation on dogs, there is no opportunity to kill stray dogs on the streets. However, he mentioned that if instructed by the municipal authorities, they could arrange to catch stray dogs and vaccinate them.

He also mentioned that the dogs biting people might be infected with the rabies virus. He advised that if possible, the affected areas should be washed thoroughly with soap and water for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by immediate vaccination and completion of the vaccine doses.

Civil Surgeon Dr. Mokhlesuddul Momin stated that necessary arrangements would be made quickly after discussing the matter with wildlife officers. He stressed the importance of prompt and coordinated actions to manage the situation and prevent further incidents.

Mayor of Manikganj Municipality, Mohammad Ramjan Ali, revealed his prior efforts to raise concerns about stray dogs during district law and order meetings, lamenting the lack of attention paid to the issue. Despite this, he pledged full cooperation with the Civil Surgeon's office and wildlife authorities, emphasizing his readiness to assist in any necessary measures regarding stray dog management.

The escalating incidents of dog attacks in Manikganj underscore the urgent need for coordinated efforts among local authorities, healthcare providers, and wildlife officials. Effective collaboration is essential to mitigate the risks posed by stray dogs and safeguard public safety. As fear continues to grow among residents, swift and decisive action is crucial to address this pressing public health concern and restore a sense of security in the community.

Immediate measures should include capturing and vaccinating stray dogs, raising public awareness about preventive actions, and ensuring that victims receive timely medical treatment. The local government's proactive involvement and support from relevant authorities are vital to effectively managing the situation and preventing future incidents.