An acute shortage of anti-rabies vaccine has forced Bangladesh authorities to put down thousands of stray dogs after a spate of rabies deaths due to lack of medicines, officials said Tuesday.
"Every day we are killing around 100 dogs in the capital Dhaka and our target is to kill at least 20,000," Dhaka city corporation's vet officer Ajmat Ali said.
According to the World Health Organisation, every year 1,550 people die of rabies in Bangladesh and around 80,000 people undergo treatment.
"There is a crisis of rabies vaccines in the hospitals. The amount of vaccines we produced last year could meet only 42 percent of the local demand," said the head of Bangladesh's Public Health Institute, Abdul Hannan.