K’gala DMO warns of stray dog
"Stray dogs have become a threat to the lives of
ordinary people and measures should be taken early to put an end
to this problem to prevent the spread of rabies," said Dr. A. M.
Premathilake, the DMO of Kurunegala addressing a conference of
PHIs in the Kurunegala district on ‘Prevention of Rabies’ held
recently, at Bingiriya National school.
Dr. Premathilake said there were over 2.5
million dogs in the country and annually nearly 735,000 cases of
dog bites had been reported, according to recent statistics of
the Ministry of Health Services.
The government spent Rs. 500 million annually to
treat victims bitten by dogs and nearly 2000 people fell victims
to stray dog bites per day, he said.
In 2007, fifty people died of dog bites and the
Ministry of Health had increased its financial allocation by
Rs.100 million in 2008 to treat the victims, he said.
Minister of Healthcare, Nimal Siripala de Silva
has directed officials to organise seminars and workshops to
educate parents and school communities on rabies and the danger
of breeding dogs and dumping the pups with their mothers on
roads or near temples, he said.
"Killing dogs is a sin. Those who rear dogs
should vaccinate them to arrest the spread of rabies. Bitches
too should be sterilized to control the dog population, he said.
W. E. Jayatilleke, Divisional Secretary of the Bingiriya
division also addressed the conference. (S.M.W)