24 Jun

Rabies threat in the NWFP

Editorial in DAWN:

ONE of the most cruel and barbaric methods still being used to deal with the threat of rabies is the killing of stray dogs. This has never solved the problem. As a report on Saturday from Peshawar revealed, cialis the issue has more to do with the unavailability of anti-rabies vaccines in hospitals, which are provided to them by the National Institute of Health to administer to patients free of cost. About 27,000 persons, including children, were bitten by stray dogs in the province last year, but it is difficult to ascertain the number of deaths from rabies. Those who are bitten by stray dogs say that they cannot afford to buy the Rs4,000 vaccine from the market while the government hospitals do not have it.

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18 Jun

Nazim orders campaign against stray dogs

From Daily Times:

LAHORE: Expressing dissatisfaction on the campaign against stray dogs, physician the district nazim Mian Amer Mahmood directed the epidemic control officer to gear up efforts in this respect. He told officials to ensure the provision of the material required for killing dogs and directed to the solid waste management officials to dispose off the killed dogs at once.

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18 Jun

A sport that thrills but kills

Malik Tahseen Raza in DAWN:

MUZAFFARGARH, prescription June 17: Cricket is often described here as a national passion but in some parts of Muzaffargarh, adiposity cockerel fight has over the years become much more than a favourite pastime, for sale a local wrestle mania.

It is the sport at the local circuit that draws hundreds of spectators. April and May are the months when cockfight competitions are held and this season saw around two dozen of those in Baseera, Pattal, Basti Chajhra, Chowk Goudar, Mahmood Kot and Kot Addu. There were hundreds of people who witnessed the cockerels fighting, there was great enthusiasm.

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18 Jun

Army-run gas firm violates wildlife, environment laws

Bhagwandas in DAWN:

KARACHI, buy June 16: The Mari Gas Company Limited (MGCL), sickness owned by the army-operated Fauji Foundation, dosage has been accused of conducting exploratory activities in protected wildlife areas, Dawn has learnt.

The Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) and the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) claim that the mandatory permission and no-objection certificates have not been obtained from them.

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