Sheltering street dogs to combat rabies

Sheltering street dogs to combat rabies

Kathmandu: I came to Kathmandu from China and living here to get story ideas as part of my journalism internship. Why not talk about Nepal in my eyes? Last week when I passed the Bagmati Bridge, I noticed a dog playing in the water.

In Kathmandu, there are too many street dogs here. Whether it is temples, ancient buildings, streets, shopping areas, residential areas, there is no place in Kathmandu where there are no stray dogs. Kathmandu’s dogs have special places. Eight of ten dogs lying down to sleep while the other two are looking for place to sleep. Next to an ancient building in Patan Durbar Square, a woman and a stray dog slept up and down the steps, leaving the nearby pigeons and many tourists to come and go without being affected.

Nepal is indeed a country where people and animals live in harmony. Not only has that, animals also got along very well. In the Monkey Temple, you can see monkeys and dogs squatting together.  But unfortunately, when we see some relevant data, we feel that things are not as expected.  Every year in Nepal, about 32,000 people are treated for dog bites. Around 200 people, most of them children, die of rabies each year.

To control the number of stray dogs in Nepal, the Nepalese authorities adopted castration or were controlled by poisoning with strychnine carried out.  On the surface, it seems that it really solves the problem of stray dogs breeding too much.

But a certain number of stray dogs can still cause disease problems.  From the current situation, when the health problems of stray dogs have affected the lives of residents and even threatened people’s health, it is not just a question of the status of dogs in religious culture.

It is high time that authorities should take prompt action to find a place where these dogs can live so to make the environment safe for human beings’ health.

  • Zed Chen

    Zed Chen is an undergraduate journalism student at Yunnan University, Kunming, China and currently in Nepal as part of his internship assignment.