GEORGE TOWN, Sept 24 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng visited the victims at Pantai Hospital here on this afternoon. The victim Mangaleswari Dhanabalan, 28, who has bitten by the dog at Jalan Bunga Raya on Tuesday 8pm after back from work. Also present were YB Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon and his wife, YB Dr Afif Bahardin and YB Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim.
“I’m a staff nurse at the hospital. I was been bitten by a dog on her thigh outside a grocery store on Jalan Bunga Raya on Tuesday night. Luckily her nurse’s uniform was thick If not the bite would had been worse.It was a painful bite that knocked me off my feet. Luckily some youths near by came to help. The dog escaped though,” said Mangaleswari.
“Previously, I was also disagreed against the destruction to culling all the stray dogs but after falling to be the victim, I saw the rationale behind the decision. I was scared because of the rabies situation. But my doctor said I don’t have to be too worried after he gave me the vaccine and painkillers. Maybe I will be discharged tomorrow,” she said.
Besides that, CM Lim also reiterated that the state Won’t do nothing when the rabies vaccines were insufficient. Meanwhile, he said the state veterinary services department was also promised 300 doses will be delivered and reached Penang on 5pm yesterday but just only delivered 170 doses to Penang.
“We hope the rest that were promised to Penang will be delivered soon,” he added. In the same time, Penang health exco Dr Afif Bahardin also said that the supply of vaccines was low because Perlis and Kedah, where cases of rabies were also reported, also needed them.
He said the deputy director-general of the veterinary services department Dr Kamaruddin Md Isa had assured that the vaccines would be delivered to Penang so dog owners not need worry. In additional, Dr Afif also claimed that there were more people are supporting to culling the stray dogs in the state.