New technique to control stray dogs' population in Amritsar

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Amritsar, Aug. 14 (ANI): Amritsar administration has come up with a plan to control the growing population of the stray dogs without killing them.

Under the project called Minimally Invasive Vas Occlusion Technique (MIVOT), a team of doctors would start working next month.

The idea is brainchild of Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu, who was perturbed by the rise in dog biting cases in the city.

The new scientific technique of dog sterilization would be faster, simple and economical, doctors claimed.

"Initially it was a dream for me to provide such a surgery that would be less traumatic and with effective result but with the power of Mr. Pannu, skill of Dr. Baljit Kaur and the ethical and practical support of Dr. Simrat Sagar and Dr. Saini we did the job," Professor RCM Kaza of the MIVOT said.

Professor Kaza performs vasectomy in men without a formal cut and stitches.

Earlier Gonadectomy is the method that was adopted by Animal Birth Control (ABC) program to control the stray dog population.

"The municipal corporation of Amritsar captured total 21 dogs to conducted study. All the 21 dogs showed prompt recovery after the surgery, none of them develop any complications related either to anesthesia or surgery," Dr. Baljit Kaur of the MIVOT said.

According to a report, there are approximately 25 million dogs in India with a likely dog: man ratio 1:36. And, stray dogs are responsible for 60 percent of dog bites.

An individual is bitten every 2 second, and a person dies from rabies every 30 minutes.

Annually there is estimated loss of 38 million person days because of animal bites, and the cost of post- bite treatment is about 25 million dollars. By Ravinder Singh Robin (ANI)

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