A TOTAL of 19,498 stray dogs were caught by the local authorities this year in curbing the spread of rabies.
Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Factories Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah said Klang Municipal Council had the highest number with 9,310 dogs, followed by Kajang Municipal Council (2,030) and Selayang Municipal Council (1,712).
In fourth is Shah Alam City Council (1,538), followed by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (1,363), Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (883) and Sepang Municipal Council (753).
Rounding up the rest are Petaling Jaya City Council (533), Kuala Selangor District Council (440), Hulu Selangor District Council (430), Kuala Langat District Council (360) and Sabak Bernam District Council (146).
Ean Yong said the local authorities would carry out the operation to catch strays upon receiving complaints from the public.
“The measures we have taken include issuing licence to owners for their dogs, appointing a qualified contractor to catch the dogs, forming a research team while identifying hotspots, distributing flyers to educate people on how to be a responsible owner and disseminating information on dog adoption and neuter programmes,” said Ean Yong.
In 2015, the state government gave a RM32,000 grant to Ipoh Veterinary Research Institute to carry out research on stray dogs in local authorities that had rabies.
“To this day, we have not received any notification from the Selangor Veterinary Department on the spread of rabies in the state,” Ean Yong said at the state assembly, to a question by Yaakob Sapari (PKR-Kota Anggerik) on what the state was doing to prevent stray dogs and stopping the spread of rabbies. Yaakob also wanted to know the number of strays caught by the local authorities.
Meanwhile, Dr Halimah Ali (PAS-Selat Kelang) proposed that Selangor set up a tracking device for strays, to which Ean Yong said he would study the proposal.
The state assembly was also informed that there was a tenfold increase in the number of dialysis patients visiting the People’s Dialysis Centres (PDC) since 2010.
The state had spent almost RM3.8mil since 2010 where 1,412 patients were treated from 2010 to 2016.
State Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs Committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi said in 2010, 64 patients visited the centres followed by increases in 2011 (79), 2012 (115), 2013 (146), 2014 (111), 2015 (299) and 2016 (598).
She said this year, it was estimated that the centres would receive nearly 1,000 patients and the state had allocated RM5mil annually for dialysis treatment.
“From Jan 1 to Oct 31 this year, about RM3.57mil has been approved for 639 patients to undergo dialysis treatment.
“Since 2014, five new centres were set up in Ampang, Taman Medan (Petaling Jaya), Sementa (Klang) and Taman Sri Muda (Shah Alam),” she said.
“In 2015, the state continued under the Sihat Selangor Dialysis Panel programme where 72 centres were involved in giving treatment to dialysis patients,” Dr Daroyah said in reply to a question from Dr Abdul Rani Osman (PAS-Meru).