Free Vaccination Drive In Chennai: An Effort To Curb Rabies Deaths [News]
06 Jun 2014
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Rabies is a deadly viral disease, we all know this. It is transmitted to humans from infected animals, 90% of the time from dog bites. Also, it is unfortunate to know that India is rife with rabies. Adding to the equation the population of stray animals, it is not difficult to see that we’re all in danger of this disease. Thus, there is a great need to administer anti-rabies vaccinations on all dogs, protecting them as well as ourselves. Our aforementioned equation becomes more complicated when we factor in the fact that most Indian residents are either oblivious or indifferent towards the need for vaccinations. Awareness needs to be raised and examples need to be set. A simple solution devised by the good samaritans of India is free vaccination drives. The Chennai Corporation did something along these lines. - Read On Rabies Vaccination Schedule for your dog
A free vaccination drive will be conducted by the Chennai Corporation for licensed dog owners in 15 zones of Chennai which will begin late June.They have a brand new veterinary unit and will be offering vaccination services totally free of cost. This initiative is an attempt to curb rabies deaths in Chennai and veterinary surgeons are being hired to facilitate the process. This is in response to the sudden rise in people dying of rabies; there were 18 deaths in the last three years. More good news is that the civic body will also be vaccinating 40,000 stray dogs in the city. An official assured that there wouldn’t be any more rabies deaths in two years’ time. Read On - Rabies Symptoms, Anti Rabies Vaccination and protection
A side-initiative that will go along with this drive will be an effort improve the Animal Birth Control programme. Dog-catchers will be called upon and the ABC programme will receive considerable funding from the Chennai Corporation. Although the number of strays has reduced in recent years, this effort will go on in full force. According to Shirani Pereira of PFA, the decline in this number can be attribute to the efforts of the ABC programme.
We hope to see such initiatives being conducted in Delhi and Gurgaon too. The problem of strays and rabies is a major issue which needs to addressed.