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8 Hospitalised As Stray Dogs Terrorise Sembabule

Local leaders say the dog attacks have been on the rise in different communities since December 2014. The most affected villages are Kanoni, Nakasunzu and Kasaana in Mijwala Sub-county, and Tangirizi, Lwemiyaga, Kigere, Lwesankala, Kakoma, Kasambya in Lwebitakuli County where more than 30 animals were also killed.
Abdul Salaam Katongole shows dog bite scars on his back
At least 8 people have been hospitalized after being bitten by dogs in separate attack in Sembabule district, in just three months.

 

Local leaders say the dog attacks have been on the rise in different communities since December 2014.

 

The most affected villages are Kanoni, Nakasunzu and Kasaana in Mijwala Sub-county, and Tangirizi, Lwemiyaga, Kigere, Lwesankala, Kakoma, Kasambya in Lwebitakuli County where more than 30 animals were also killed.

 

Identified victims include Abdul Salam Katongole (10), Paul Byabagambi (12), Alex Lwambibi (15) and Amos Bakehemula (38), and four others, only identified as Kasibante, Kibirige, Robert and Jonah, were admitted in different health centres in Sembabule and Kitovu hospital in Masaka.

 

According to Edward Kabagmbe, the Kanoni LCI Chairperson, several children between the 8 to 15 years have been attacked and left suffering serious injuries in his village. 

 

He explains that the latest incidents offered last week when Lwambibi, Bakehemula and Byabagambi were attacked on separate days. He says they were rushed to Sembabule Health Centre IV for rabies treatment and two of them (Lwambibi and Bakehemula) discharged while Byabagambi's condition remains serious.

 

Last month, a ten-year-old Katongole of Kasaana village in Matete Sub-county, was attacked by 6 dogs on his way to the well. They bit his buttocks and back. He was admitted in Sembabule Health Centre IV for rabies treatment and discharged after one day.

 

The rest, Kasibante, Kibirige, Robert and Jonah of Tangirizi, Lwemiyaga, Kigere and Lwesankala in Lwebitakuli County, were attacked between December 2014 and January 2015. They were admitted in various health centres and discharged after getting rabies treatment.

 

However, residents say that rabies treatment without eliminating the dogs is a waste of time since the problem will recur. 

 

Animals including 24 goats, 3 cows, 2 calves and 4 piglets have been killed by the dogs. Tadeo Kasule, one of the affected residents of Tangirizi village, says the dogs raided his pen and killed 3 goats in January and 1 in February.

 

Teopista Nakate, another victim in Tangirizi village says that she lost 2 goats and a piglet in January. Others including Nakakeeto lost 1 goats and a piglet while Namutebi 2 goats.

 

In Kasaana and Kanoni villages at least 4 goats, 3 cows and 2 piglets have been attacked and killed. Also 11 goats and 2 calves have been killed in Kigere, Kakoma, Kasambya villages.

 

Residents claim that most of the goats were of exotic breed valued 35,000 shillings each. They appealed to the District veterinary department to come out and eliminate the dogs.

 

Dr. Ssali Angello, the District Veterinary Officer, confirmed the presence of the stray dogs although he was not certain about the actual number of residents injured in the attacks.

 

According to Ssali the problem comes at the time when the district lacks rabies vaccines and drugs to treat dog victims. He adds they are planning to eliminate the dogs.

He appealed to residents to report every dog-related incident in time for his office.

 

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