…𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒍𝒚 𝒂𝒅𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒍𝒔. 𝑨𝒏𝒚 𝒂𝒃𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒍 𝒃𝒆𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒊𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒃𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒍𝒔 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒕𝒍𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝑽𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑯𝒐𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍 (𝑹𝑽𝑯&𝑬𝑪)
By Phurpa Wangmo
In Gelephu, with the current outbreak of rabies, a middle-aged man who was bitten by a stray dog in the last week of May remains in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Central Regional Referral Hospital, Gelephu, with no signs of improvement.
The Central Regional Referral Hospital in Gelephu has issued a report confirming that the dog discovered in the Army colony, which displayed abnormal behavior, tested positive for rabies on June 6. It has been discovered that despite residing in the army colony, the dog did not have an owner. Additionally, the dog had bitten three children aged 5, 12, and 18, who were promptly treated and vaccinated at the hospital.
Doctor Choeda Gyeltshen, the Superintendent of CRRH, has provided an update on the condition of the man who was bitten by the dog. Unfortunately, there has been no improvement in his condition, and he continues to rely on ventilator support. In contrast, the three children who were recently bitten by the dog received immediate vaccination called immunoglobulin to ensure a swift response. It is worth noting that none of the three children are isolated, as their dog bites were not deep or serious. They have been allowed to stay with their parents at home.
In a preventive measure, the Dzongkhag Health Officer (DHO) of Sarpang Dzongkhag confirmed that a total of 307 individuals from Tareythang Chiwog and the Army colony have been vaccinated.
To address the outbreak, the Regional Veterinary Hospital & Epidemiology Centre (RVH&EC), in collaboration with the Sarpang Dzongkhag livestock and health teams, conducted an awareness campaign and initiated mass vaccination of cats and dogs within the community. The Prime Minister also visited both the affected community and the hospital on Friday to assess the situation.
Given the ongoing rabies outbreak, the hospital emphasizes the importance of seeking immediate medical attention for individuals who suffer animal bites. All healthcare facilities, including Primary Healthcare Centers, hospitals, and the Regional Referral Hospital, are on high alert and prepared to assist such patients.
Furthermore, residents are strongly advised against feeding or playing with stray animals. Any abnormal behavior observed in animals should be promptly reported to the Regional Veterinary Hospital (RVH&EC). Additionally, parents and elders are urged to take precautions and safeguard their children and pet animals to prevent them from being bitten by stray dogs.