‘Op­er­a­tion com­bat’ be­gins against big rats

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

PE­SHAWAR—Since the fix­ing of head money for killing big rats in pro­vin­cial me­trop­o­lis of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa did not yield pos­i­tive re­sults, the district ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pe­shawar has now an­nounced “op­er­a­tion com­bat” against the ex­otic species of rats that had killed eight chil­dren and in­jured over 400 per­sons so far in the city.

The district ad­min­is­tra­tion has con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee com­pris­ing of­fi­cials of Health, Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion De­part­ment to kick off house to house com­bat op­er­a­tion against the rats and their mul­ti­pli­ca­tion, of­fi­cial sources said.

The district ad­min­is­tra­tion has ini­tially re­leased an amount of Rs One mil­lion for the op­er­a­tion and re­search based ac­tion and the amount could fur­ther be in­creased up to Rs 10 mil­lion to wipe out the men­ace of rats from the city, it was in­formed.

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, a fe­male rat gives birth to over 24 ba­bies within a pe­riod of 35days. The district ad­min­is­tra­tion has di­vided Pe­shawar city into zones to take house to house com­bat op­er­a­tion against the rats. Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Hina of Lady Read­ing Hospi­tal who is deal­ing with rat bites’ cases, the in­ci­dents of rats’ bites get up­ward surge in Pe­shawar city where about 426 pa­tients with com­plaints of giant rats’ bites re­ported in one week.

He ex­plained that use of chem­i­cal could kill 70 to 80 per cent pop­u­la­tion of the rats but there are pos­si­bil­i­ties that the re­main­ing 20 to 30 per cent pop­u­la­tion could be re­sis­tant to the chem­i­cals so the bi­o­log­i­cal means would be the sec­ond op­tion.

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