More than 500 dogs vac­ci­nated on the ra­bies day

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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.


(Pic­ture cour­tesy: Dr. Hiruka Ma­hat, NAH, Thim­phu)

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.

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