Mass awareness to prevent hydrophobia stressed

Published : 28 Sep 2022 09:25 PM

Veterinary and animal health experts here today unequivocally called for creating awareness among the public in general on rabies infection to prevent the occurrence of hydrophobia.

They also stressed the need to make the dog vaccination campaign a total success to control rabies infection in the society. Lack of awareness, coordination and requisite information and limitation of logistics have been identified as major challenges towards preventing the diseases. So, there is no alternative to face the existing challenges cooperatively, they unanimously viewed.

The Department of Livestock Services (DLS) organised the discussion titled "Means to Prevent Hydrophobia" held at its conference hall, marking the World Rabies Day- 2022 that was observed in the city as elsewhere in the country today.

DLS Divisional Director Dr Nazrul Islam addressed the discussion as chief guest, while District Livestock Officer De Zulfiker Akhter Hossain was in the chair.

Deputy Director of Rajabari Dairy and Milk Production Farm Sr Atikur Rahman and District Veterinary Officer Dr Harunur Rashid also spoke, disseminating their expertise on the issue.

DLS Divisional Deputy Director of Veterinary Public Health Dr Abdul Mazid gave an illustration on the issue saying vaccination can reduce reproduction of dogs to a great extent and break the cycle of rabies transmission.

Dr Nazrul Islam said the government has a massive intervention to eliminate the rabies. Various activities like advocacy, communication and social mobilisation, management of dog bite, mass dog vaccination and dog population management are being accomplished from top to bottom, he said.

Dog bite management centres are functioning throughout the country in addition to distribution of vaccines, training of physicians and nurses has been accelerated, he added.

Earlier, the livestock officials and staff brought out a colourful procession from its office premises and paraded some city streets. A number of representatives from different government and non-government organisations joined the rally.