KP govt announces Rs25 bounty for killing giant rats

Peshawar—The District Government Peshawar Thursday announced Rs 25 reward for killing each giant rat to involve general public for getting rid of the rapidly growing rodents population. The decision was taken at a special meeting chaired by District Nazim, Muhammad Asim, which was called to discuss measures for eradicating the menace. The new species of giant rats, upto 30 cm in size, was being seen in Peshawar for the last few years.
The rodents’ aggressive na-ture and growing population is not only causing damage to public property and edibles, but also posing serious threats to public health. Rat bites, which were un-common in Peshawar, are now being reported frequently. Recently an infant had died when a rat bit him in the face in Hassan Gari area.
The Water and Sanitation Service Peshawar (WSSP) would set up points in the four towns of Pe-shawar for collecting dead rats and paying bounty to the killers. In this connection a mobile phone number would also be announced soon. The meeting, attended by DHO Peshawar, Dr Jehangir Khan, Public Health Coordinator, Dr Muhammad Atif, Ashraf Qadir from WSSP and TMOs of four towns, decided that rat killing poison would be distributed door-to-door. The WSSP was also directed to approach NIFA (Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture) for acquiring the poison.
The rat bite incidents and killing of an infant had also drawn the attention of provin-cial legislatures who recently took up the issue in provincial assembly and asked the government about measures for eradication of the menace. A two-member bench of Peshawar High Court on March 10, 2016 also admitted for full hearing of a writ petition filed against presence of large number of rats in the provincial metropolis and sought comments from different officials including provincial health secretary, deputy com-missioner and sanitation authorities.
“Rat bite incidents are increasing in the city and we are treating the victims against ra-bies through vaccination,” informed Dr Imran who works at Emergency Ward of Lady Reading Hospital. He informed that rabies vac-cination was provided free of charge to patients however in case of shortage of vaccine, the patient had to buy it from the market.
Dr Imran said if a person was not vaccinated after a rat bite, he coulf fell victim to rabies and people need to be educated on that life threatening issue. He also stressed for launching an awareness campaign for educating people of getting vaccination after being bitten by a rat, as if they did not get treated, they could suffer from serious health problems.
Taking notice of presence of great number of giant rats in Peshawar, General Manager Operation Water and Sanitation Service Peshawar (WSSP), Engr Nasir Ghafoor had ap-pointed ‘Rat Killer’ in the organization.—APP

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