Trongsa cel­e­brated World Ra­bies Day

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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.

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