2 kids bitten by stray dog scramble for special vaccine

Bengaluru: Two children bitten by a rabid stray dog in Whitefield on Wednesday night rushed to three hospitals in a desperate attempt to find a special vaccine.

A 3-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, both children of BBMP workers, were bitten by a dog in Whitefield on Tuesday night and were rushed to a hospital nearby on Wednesday morning where they were given anti-rabies vaccine. The hospital told a volunteer accompanying the kids that they also needed the rabies immunoglobulin vaccine to prevent infection and it wasn't available in the hospital.

After going from one part of the city to another, it was frustrating that neither hospital had such a crucial vaccine," the volunteer added.

Dr Ansar Ahmed, medical superintendent, Isolation Hospital, said, "We don't keep the rabies immunoglobulin vaccine because we hardly get such cases and the medicine has a very short expiry time. We immediately rush patients to Victoria Hospital in our ambulance."

The two children finally received the vaccine at Victoria Hospital and returned home late Wednesday evening. "Since 11am on Wednesday, these children had a harrowing experience. We were very scared of leaving the wound sore for so long," the volunteer added.

"The rabid dog died on Wednesday and the two children are under observation for14 days," said Bismi Anil, founder, Duma's Animal Welfare Trust, adding, "The problem lies with irregularities in the BBMP's Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme."

Religious teacher rapes minor in Darbhanga

Darbhanga : In another case of sexual assault, a 65-year-old religious teacher was arrested on Wednesday for alleged rape of an eight-year-old girl in...

Rajasthan relaxes two-child policy for Govt. employees

Jaipur : Vasundhara Raje-led Rajasthan government on Wednesday relaxed the two-child policy for the state government employees, scraping the clause en...

Infiltration bid foiled at India-Pakistan border

Amritsar : The Border Security Force (BSF) 73 Battalion gunned down a Pakistani infiltrator, who was trying to cross over into the Indian side of the ...

Congress failed its promise to provide electricity: PM Modi

New Delhi : The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government that was in power at the Centre from 2004 to 2014, failed miserably to live up to their p...