Dog bite cases increase in Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality

The Veterinary Services Department in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region in 2016 recorded 208 dog bite cases as compared to a total of 300 in 2017.

Between January and June, last year 169 residents were reportedly bitten by dogs.

Dr. Simon Gbene, Municipal Veterinary Officer, who disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, described the situation as alarming.

He expressed worry that if the trend continued it was possible more dog bite cases may be recorded by for this year.

Dr Gbene indicated that although the Veterinary Services Department had intensified its public health education on how citizens could avoid dog bites, the cases kept rising in the Municipality.

“A dog that is sick, a dog that has given birth because of motherly instinct and the play drive, a dog that wants to hide if you run across such dogs can bite you,” he explained.

The Municipal Veterinary Officer said between 2016 and 2017, a total number of 508 cases were reported and investigated, out of which five were clinically confirmed to be human rabies.

“Anytime one is bitten by a dog, wash the site with soap under running water and take the wound to the hospital for it to be treated and from there go to the veterinary office and we will quarantine the dog and recommend the appropriate treatment,” he said.

He said the recommended treatment for rabies cases is the post-exposure prophylaxis injection, which is administered at day zero, three, seven, fourteen and twenty-eight.

GNA

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