Toddler was dragged 150 ft, bitten by strays

BBMP Hospital does not have anti-rabies vaccines!

 
 Two-and-a-half year old Rehana, who was bitten by stray dogs in C V Raman Nagar on Wednesday. DH PHOTOTwo-and-half year old Rehana, was dragged and bitten by stray dogs in Kaggadasapura, C V Raman Nagar on Wednesday morning. The child had managed to slip out of the house to play, when her grandmother, who was looking after her, went to the bathroom.

Rehana’s father Fayaz, a carpenter, mother Shabana, a domestic maid, and grandfather Anwar were not at home. As Rehana stepped out to play, she was pounced upon by six dogs, dragged about 150 feet and bitten on arms, legs, chest and head. Rehana was rescued by her neighbours and rushed to a nursing home, where she was treated for her wounds.  Rehana was taken to the BBMP referral hospital in Ulsoor. To their dismay, they were told that the stock of anti-rabaries vaccines at the hospital had run out.

Doctors at the hospital referred them to Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), where Rehana was finally administered the first dose of the drug.

Interestingly, Rehana’s grandfather said that the BBMP officers came to their house and spoke to the landlord. After they left, the landlord paid Rehana’s family Rs 1,000 in cash for the treatment. Anwar’s family members, said that they were unaware of what transpired or who the officials were, as they did not know Kannada.

Commission’s visit

Members of the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, including the Chairperson Nina Nayak, visited Rehana at her home on Thursday.  Nina Nayak said that the Commission will write to the BBMP, asking compensation for the family’s medical expenses.

BBMP’s drive

The BBMP went into overdrive on Thursday morning, rounding up strays in CV Raman Nagar, netted 23 strays. When asked about lack of drug supplies in their hospital, a Palike official said that there was sufficient stock at the central storage, but it was up to the doctors of the hospital to procure the medicines.

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