CHANDIGARH – International animal welfare organization, World Animal Protection has launched an important report titled “All Eyes on Dogs” which provides the first trajectory with actions needed to eliminate dog-mediated rabies by 2030. The report also demonstrates how humane rabies control can contribute to One Health implementation and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The report also provides various success stories and methods adopted to eliminate rabies through interventions like mass dog vaccination, education, responsible dog ownership and humane dog population management. Launched on the occasion of World Rabies Day, the report provides successful examples of Mexico, which has been declared a country free of rabies transmitted by dog bites and a pilot projects in Kenya named ‘Makueni County Rabies Elimination Pilot Project’.
The theme of the 14th World Rabies Day is “End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate”. It is a day to inform and educate people on the need for collective action to eradicate rabies and achieve zero deaths by 2030.
“Rabies is entirely preventable and can be eliminated if and only if we focus on dogs. The importance of focussing on animal health, human health and environmental health cannot be overstated. Without swift treatment, this disease is fatal, yet unlike many diseases, is preventable with the right course of action. Culling dogs will not eradicate rabies, but vaccinations will,” said Gajender K Sharma, Country Director, World Animal Protection India.
An educative session for students
Commemorating World Rabies Day, the Volunteer network team of World Animal Protection also organized a webinar on 26th September 2020 to sensitize students from National Service Scheme (NSS) units of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce and Bharti College, both of Delhi University on rabies elimination, dog population management and the role of youth in ensuring better lives for dogs.
More than 80 students attended the session and were provided guidance on administrative mechanisms available to resolve any issues or conflicts relating to pets or stray dogs. Students were told about platforms where they can go and take collective action. We would like to thank all our volunteers for helping us in making a difference in the lives of animals.
Today, the World Animal Protection and Veterinary Services Department of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) also organized anti-rabies vaccination drives for stray dogs in different zones in North Delhi. We would like to thank all the officials involved in these vaccination drives for conducting field activities even during this pandemic in order to protect dogs from rabies.
Better lives for Dogs
COVID19 has unveiled the risks associated with zoonotic diseases and the catastrophic disruption they can bring. It is evident that zoonotic viruses can cause pandemics, causing extensive human mortality and create a global crisis. Rabies is also a zoonotic disease that takes thousands of lives, both humans as well as dogs every year.
Now is the time for India to implement a humane dog population management and rabies elimination program. Comprehensive solutions can be executed through proper planning, multi-sectoral and timely coordination, structured implementation and surveillance. It will reduce costs, enhance equitable access and improve the lives of millions of people and dogs( Photo:Courtesy:ontariospca.ca )
YS.RANA: Principal Correspondent.