KARACHI : Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar launched the pilot program of Rabies Free Karachi Project in Indus Hospital Korangi on Friday.

The Mayor Karachi cut the ribbon to formally opened the pilot program and he was given a detailed briefing on the Rabies Free Karachi Project which is being jointly carried out by KMC and Indus Hospital, said a statement.

The Mayor while addressing to a ceremony held on this occasion said that garbage heaps lying everywhere in the city was also a cause of dog breeding.

He said that daily hundred to 150 cases of dog biting are reported in the city and 15 to 20 thousand cases of dog biting are reported annually.

He said the victim can be expired if no immediate medical aid is provided to him. Industrial areas in Karachi are more suffered due to this situation.

He said KMC has allocated amount for providing medical treatment of rabies in its budget for current fiscal year.

He said citizens of Karachi were living in feared environment due to presence of lot of stray dogs in the city.

He said that new technology is being used to control the rabies and for this purpose dogs will be given anti rabies vaccine and CEO of Indus Hospital Dr Abdul Bari Khan said rabies control drive was being started today so far 1.7 million dog biting patients were treated in the Indus Hospital.

Dr Nasim Salahuddin said vaccination for rabies was essential and dog biting can be cured hundred percent. She also gave details of the dog biting in Karachi from 2009 till 2016.

She said that the injured part of the body should be properly washed with soap and water after dog bite and the intensity of the injury should be analyzed before taking the vaccine.

He was accompanied by Senior Director Medical Services Dr Beerbal and Senior Director Coordination Masood Alam whereas CEO of Indus Hospital Dr Abdul Bari Khan, Head of Infectious Diseases section Dr Nasim Salahuddin, Coordinator Aftab Gohar, Dr Naila Baig Ansari, Dr Sara Salman from WHO Islamabad, Daniel, Amin Chinoy and others were also present on this occasion.