Trongsa celebrated World Rabies Day
in spreading awareness among the general public to combat Rabies for safety. It was also conducted considering the coming up of the Mangdue Chhu Hydro Power Project in Trongsa which has increased the human as well as stray dogs population, thus creating public nuisance and posing a serious threat to public heath.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Guest, Dasho Kinley Gyeltshen, the Dzongrab for Trongsa highlighted the need to join hands and combat the deadly Rabies which is causing thousands of deaths in human world- wide. He also stressed that such event is an opportunity for everyone gathered to re-assure our sincere efforts to fulfill His Majesty’s vision in ensuring safety of all Bhutanese.
The day conveyed messages on rabies including its control and preventive measures to the gatherings through lectures, distribution of leaflets and the documentary show on how to prevent dog bite. A quiz competition was also conducted among the students and the winners were awarded with attractive prizes.
Later in the day, the Chief Guest and all other participants took part in a walkathon from Sherubling School to Trongsa town carrying banners and passing messages to the public on Rabies with a slogan, ‘Join hands to make Bhutan-a free Rabies country.’
The programme was funded by the Mangdue Chhu Hydro Electric Project Authority with technical backstopping from the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Zhemgang and the National Centre of Animal Health (NCAH), Serbithang.