In Hyderabad’s Government General and Chest Hospital, a pack of stray dogs mauled a doctor on duty. In the incident, which took place around 1.30 a.m. Tuesday, the attendants of patients in the ward rescued the doctor.
The first-year postgraduate doctor was attending a call and headed to the ward to announce a patient’s death.
No security guards were available. She was lucky to be saved by the patient’s attendants. Her calf area was severely injured, and her clothes were ripped. And this occurred inside the hospital, another doctor said.
It’s a shame the hospital doesn’t have any emergency medications for dog bites. There are no TT injections or anti-rabies vaccines. Similar incidents have occurred in the past. So many complaints have gone unanswered, the doctor continued.
Doctors stated that they asked the hospital superintendent to address the issue of stray dogs and received a favorable response.
According to hospital officials, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) employees regularly remove stray dogs for sterilization.
When contacted, Dr. Mahboob Khan, the hospital superintendent, stated that the sprawling hospital campus has several entry and exit points for stray dogs. Dr. Khan stated that the administration is attempting to close these points as well as the old unused palace block where dogs are housed.
According to Dr. Abdul Basith, the GHMC veterinary officer for the Serilingampally zone, there are more than 20 dogs on the hospital campus, all of which have been sterilized. He stated that in his zone, 92% of dogs have been sterilized to date, compared to the mandated 75-80%.
“There is a demand to relocate these dogs from campus, and we cannot do so under normal circumstances. We have to leave them back at the same premises after sterilization and vaccination,” Dr. Basith reportedly said.
While sterile dogs are less aggressive, he believes they are still territorial and should not be disturbed. Many people scare them, beat them with sticks, and throw stones at them. That is why, at times, they become aggressive.
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