Agha Siraj Durrani, Speaker of the Sindh Assembly, presented a recommendation to the Sindh Assembly regarding the exports of stray dogs to China and the Philippines, expressing concern about the outbreak of rabies in the country.
The recommendation followed a resolution tabled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) legislator, Seema Zia, on the basis of the alarming rise in rabies cases in the country, which had been unanimously approved by members provincial government and opposition.
Zia said there is a deficit of anti-rabies vaccines in hospitals.
PTI member Zaman pointed out that the Sindh government had already promised to introduce vaccines to combat dog breeding, but none of this has yet been implemented.
Zaman went on to say that Karachi alone currently has about 100,000 stray dogs.
Taking into consideration the decision to export dogs to China and the Philippines, Sindh Provincial Minister for Health Dr. Azra Pechuho said the number of reported cases of rabies throughout the province is 59 and that government is already working on the establishment of an anti-rabies vaccines system.
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16 November, 2019