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Animal helpline with ambulance services in Odisha soon

DoFARD Secretary Bishnupada Sethi 
Bhubaneswar, July 9: Animal helpline with ambulance services will be introduced in three urban areas in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur of the State for the first time. 

Department of Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (DoFARD) Secretary Bishnupada Sethi said the facility will be made functional by October this year.  

It will be made functional by October this year. The ambulance will have necessary medical equipment for treating animals suffering from diseases or injured due to accidents. These include an animal lifting and standing support, surgical instruments, sterilizer and other equipment. A vehicle with power steering will be modified for the unit, making it possible for services in remote areas with narrow approach roads as well.

With the facilities available in the mobile unit, disease condition can be diagnosed on the spot and appropriate treatment will be provided to the suffering animals. In order to attend emergency cases particularly accidents during odd hours, the unit will be useful. Some animals will be brought to the Hospital for follow-up treatment at Veterinary Hospital.

Provision will be made in the ambulance for carrying animal lifting device for lifting heavy animals such as cow or buffalo from lying position and for placing it on the supporting device to stand on its legs. Those animals, which cannot stand on its own, will be lifted with the animal lifting device and treatment can be given.

The animal ambulance unit will function in two shifts of six hours each (from 8 am to 2 pm and 2 pm to 8 pm). Veterinary teams will extend their timely services to animals during emergency in two shifts. Provision of free first aid treatment with life-saving drugs on the spot will be made for stray and abandoned animals. Mobility will be provided to the sick animals (pet dogs/ small ruminants) for their lifting and transportation to the nearest head quarter hospital only on a phone call to Helpline number. However, user fees will be charged as per the prevailing rate in such cases.

In most of the accidental cases, it becomes very difficult to identify the cattle owners for which the injured/ distress livestock remain unattended and uncared for a long period followed by unnatural death. Animal ambulance will address the issue by providing emergency veterinary assistance required for stray Animals like dogs, cow, bulls etc. On receipt of helpline call, the ambulance will rush to the place of incident with team of veterinary doctor and compounder to treat the animal right on the spot.

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