Dr. Aomangyang Walling addressing World Rabies Day observed in Kohima on September 28. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | September 28
Nagaland along with the rest of the world today observed World Rabies Day under the theme ‘Rabies: Share the message. Save a Life.’
Observing the day by Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) and Chief Veterinary Office, Kohima here, Dr. Aomangyang Walling, Director, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Nagaland formally launched the day by administering the first dog vaccination. Dog vaccinations play a critical role in protecting dog from many dangerous and even fatal diseases. Rabies remains a significant health problem in many countries of the world.
Dr. Walling said that World Rabies Day aims to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on human 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.
World Rabies Day, launched in 2007, aims to raise awareness about the public health impact of human and animal rabies, he said. He stressed on the need to create mass awareness at the different levels to prevent rabies. He said that rabies remains a major concern worldwide, killing 10,000 people every year.
“Vaccine your animals and keep them away from wildlife that can spread the disease. Rabies is 100% preventable,” said Dr. Walling. The director said that local veterinarians play a key role in controlling rabies.
He said the advocacy work of the World Rabies Day campaign includes promoting government involvement in rabies prevention and control programmes, increasing the vaccination coverage of pets and community dogs, and improving the educational awareness of how to prevent rabies in all levels of society.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN considers that World Rabies Day plays an important role in advocating the prevention and control of rabies among policy makers, especially in countries where rabies is still neglected.
KMC administrator Kovi Meyase informed that the KMC has initiated Dog Pound by setting every Friday for vaccination of dogs in Kohima. In Kohima, he said, the number of unattended dogs witnessed a drastic decrease over the past few years after KMC initiated various measures.
Earlier, the function was chaired by Dr. Joseph M. Angami, Chief Veterinary Officer, Kohima. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Ketholenuo Metha, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Nagaland.
Meanwhile, through this Rabies Day, KMC has mobilized vaccination of dogs in 12 centres across 19 wards in Kohima.
Mhainamtsi Village: The department of Veterinary Services and Animal Husbandry conducted a vaccination camp at Mhainamtsi Village on September 28 in observing the World Rabies Day. It may be stated that the Anti-Rabies vaccine was administered to 60 dogs and 275 doses of swine fever vaccine was administered to the 275 numbers of pig. Mhainamtsi Village Council, Chairman, Miucham in a press release said that the team of Veterinary Department was led by Dr. Chumbakumla Jamir, CVO Peren.