Eight people are reported to have been bitten by a rabid dog in Kijogoro and the neighbouring villages in Miirya Sub-county, Masindi District.
According to Enoch Wandera, a resident of Kijogoro village, the dog from Nyambindo village located about four miles away yesterday bit four people in the village with a similar number of people also bitten in the neighboring Kyatiri village.
Wandera said the victims included children and adults. The dog’s whereabouts were still unknown causing fear that it may bite school going children in the area.
The resident added that some of the dog’s victims had been taken to Masindi General Hospital for medical management before being referred to Kinyara sugar works and Kiryandongo district for anti-rabies vaccines.
Wandera said this has forced some who cannot afford bills for the referrals to resort to herbal remedies.
When contacted, Leonard Ochama, the Kijogoro village chairperson confirmed the dog bites report. However, he said only three people had been bitten by the dog in his village and two in the neighbouring Kyatiri village.
Ochama revealed that he had asked residents to kill the dog on sight and also informed the office of District Internal Security Officer (DISO) about the matter. However, by press time, he was yet to receive any response from him.
When contacted Fred Ssebuguzi, the district veterinary officer Masindi confirmed the reports but advised them report in time when they come across it adding that if it is killed they should also inform them such that can take samples.
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