After dog bite,it’s monkey menace at PU,8 cases in less than two months

From the last one month,cases of monkey bites are on the rise here,sources at the Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Health Centre of Panjab University said.

Written by Baninder Rahi | Chandigarh | Published: May 17, 2013 1:40 am

From the last one month,cases of monkey bites are on the rise here,sources at the Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Health Centre of Panjab University (PU) said. While four monkey bite cases were reported in the health centre in the month of April,four more cases were registered till May 13. Cases of dog bite and wasp bite are also regularly reported at the health centre.

A nurse employed with the health centre said that earlier cases of dog bite and wasp bite were common. It is only recently that cases of monkey bite are being reported. In April,as many as nine dog bite cases were reported. On an average,two dog bite cases are reported per week,the nurse added.

With anti-rabies injection not being available at the health centre,students or campus residents have to purchase it from the market. In fact,doctors at the health centre mostly refer these cases to Sector 19 dispensary.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline,Chief Medical Officer of PU health centre Dr Devinder Dhawan said that storing anti-rabies injections necessitates that the health centre have a cold storage facility. “Since we do not have cold storage facility,we cannot buy this vaccine. We immediately refer victims of dog bites to Sector19 dispensary,” Dhawan said.

Mukesh,PU student and a victim of dog bite,said,“This university is a premier institute. Its health centre should have the cold storage facility as in an emergency case it’s convenient for the patient to seek the drug from the health centre.”

Complaints of students at the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) and Pharmaceutical department are streaming in at the varsity with the rise in monkey menace. Yog Raj Angrish,warden of one of the hostels on campus,said,“ We are planning to hold a meeting to look into this matter as students have been complaining on this issue on a daily basis now.”

Earlier,the university had a langoor owner. However,with the UT Administration’s directive that no one is authorised to keep langoors as they come under protected species,the varsity discontinued the services of the langoor owner.

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