More than 500 dogs vaccinated on the rabies day
Bhutan along with the world community celebrated the world rabies day on the 28th of September, 2015. The theme this year was “End rabies together “.
About 500 dogs were vaccinated against rabies in different locations in the capital. Of which 141 dogs were vaccinated at the National Animal Hospital in Chubachu. More over places like Samdrupjongkhar, Gelephu, Phuentsholing, Samtse, Lhamoidzingkha and Dewathang had set temporary vaccination center beyond Thimphu by the Department of Livestock under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests to vaccinate the canine.
In 1980s the most parts of country were affected with rabies which was controlled by mass vaccination and restrictive elimination of dogs. Thereafter in northern part of country since 1986 there was no outbreak of the disease. The Chief Veterinary Officer at the National Animal Hospital in Chubachu Dr. Kinley Dorji said that in 1992 there was one case of rabies outbreak in Thimphu and so far not a single case has been reported.
The highest outbreak was reported in 2006 with 33 cases followed by 26 in 2007 and 22 in 2008 from the total of 329 cases of rabies out break since 1996.
The cause of disease in domestic animals is mostly by the bite of rabid dogs. In Chukha, Samtse, Sarpang and Samdrupjongkhar about 21 rabies cases was reported last year. Chukha reported is the highest case so far. Though the disease is preventable but once you get infected, it is fatal.
Dr Kinley Dorji said, if you are bitten by rabid animal, it can take months or even years to show symptoms depending on the location of the bite. The virus sticks to nerve cells working its way through the nervous system and eventually the brain which has no cure.
In 2009 to effectively manage dog population in a scientific, human and sustainable manner, the department of livestock and Human society International, a United States based non-governmental organization launched National Dog Population Management and Rabies Control Project.
The veterinary officials in the message to the public says that if you are bitten or scratched by an animal with rabies, wash the wound with soap and water for at least five minutes and then see a doctor to get medication as soon as possible.
The nation observes the World Rabies Day themed “End Rabies Together”. Various initiatives undertaken by Livestock Sectors all across the country to mark the day and dog owners throng the National Animal Hospital in Chubachu to vaccinate their dogs on the particular day.