Steel City Gets Ready For "Dog And Rabies Management" Project
16 Oct 2014
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Chandigarh, Nashik, Thiruvananthapuram and Indore, Steel City Jamshedpur has rolled up its sleeves and launched a project to control the stray dog population through mass sterilisation. Popularly known as “Dogs and Rabies Management Project” the project has been designed and launched as a collaboration between the Jamshedpur Utility and Services Company (JUSCO), Humane Society International and The Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India.
The Jamshedpur Utility and Services Company (JUSCO) is responsible for providing municipal services in the Tata Command area in Jamshedpur and the increase in the number of dog bites and incidence of rabies had prompted the design and implementation of the program. To aid JUSCO in this project, a Geographical Positioning System (GPS) was also introduced in eastern India.
In a statement by Mr Manoj Singh Shekhawat, Head - Public Health and Horticultural Services of JUSCO, he expressed that sterilisation and vaccination are proven successful methods in controlling stray dog population and to eradicate rabies. Steps such as capturing and killing and relocation are not very effective and have failed at all occassions.
Post the launch of the program, 25,000 stray dogs were identified by the team out of which 2,700 have been sterilized and vaccinated. On an average, 500 stray dogs are being sterilized every month in the facility designed for the same.
According to Mr Shekhawat an integrated approach has been adopted for the sterilisation program which includes the elimination of human rabies, control of stray dog population through sterilisation, reducing dog bite incidents through awareness programmes and reducing stray dog movement through waste management control programme. Humane Society International’s global protocol of “Catch - Neuter - Vaccinate - Return” has been adopted to make the project a success.
Source: India TV News; Image courtesy - Petsworld.com