World rabies day observed in Kma

World rabies day observed in Kma
Dr. Temsümeren Ao along with the officials of A.H. &VS and KMC and others on World Rabies day at Konia. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/28/2019 10:48:29 AM IST

World rabies day (WRD)was observed at chief veterinary office and Kohima municipal council with the theme “Rabies: vaccinate to eliminate” with director AH & Veterinary Services Nagaland, Dr. Temsümeren Ao as special guest held at CVO office Kohima on Saturday. 

Dr. Temsümeren Ao in his address said WRD is celebrated annually on September 28, the death anniversary of Louis Pasteur, a French chemist & microbiologist who developed the first rabies vaccine across the world. 

The aim is to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on humans and animals, provide information and advice on how to prevent the disease in at-risk communities, and support advocacy for increased efforts in rabies control.

Sharing more of the occasion background, he said the World Rabies Day was set up in 2007 by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) as a joint initiative with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the co-sponsorship of WHO and the OIE, and the support of the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the FAO.

Special guest said the rabies is a zoonotic viral disease that is transmitted through the saliva and nervous tissue of an infected animal. 

However, he said rabies is also 100% preventable through mass vaccination of dog population. Doctor said despite proven methods of elimination, an estimated 1,59,000 people die each year due to dog-transmitted rabies, with over 95% of these deaths occurring in developing worlds like Asia and Africa.

Director disclosed that along with the global adoption of 2030 as the goal for the elimination of rabies as a public health threat, the government departments, municipalities, town councils & village councils and all the stakeholders together should co-ordinate and co-operate for compulsory registration and mass vaccination of the dogs in order to eliminate rabies forever.

Office secretary KMC Zakiekhotuo Kiso in his address said since 2015 KMC has been collaborating with animal and husbandry in giving free rabies vaccination. 

He informed that so far 1500 dogs in Kohima town has been vaccinated, and every Monday KMC office allow dog registration.       

Programme was chaired by CVO Kohima Dr. Joseph M. Angami, invocation by accountant KMC Ketholelie Seletsu, vote of thanks proposed by deputy director AH & VS Vety executive office KMC Dr. Ketholenuo Metha. Later, the special guest kicked off the rabies by vaccinating a dog. 

Programme was attend by KMC officials, AH & VS officials, colony leaders, dog owners and others.


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