Vet Varsity Promoting Awareness and Elimination of Rabies on World Rabies Day 2023
Every year on September 28th, World Rabies Day is observed worldwide to
raise awareness about rabies disease and enhance collaborative efforts for
prevention and control of this deadly viral disease. Dr Jasbir Sigh Bedi,
Director, Centre for One Health, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal
Sciences University, Ludhiana informed that the celebration of this day was
started in year 2007 and the day coincides with the death Anniversary of
Scientist Louis Pasteur who invented the first effective vaccine against rabies.
The theme for World Rabies Day 2023 is ‘All for 1, One Health for all’
emphasizes the goal of eliminating the fear of rabies by educating communities
and fostering a One Health approach to ensure the equitable access to health
services and rabies post-exposure prophylaxis.
The Centre for One Health has been actively engaged in rabies awareness
campaigns, working towards eliminating rabies through a One Health approach.
In view of this year's theme, the Centre is organising expert lectures, rabies
awareness interaction with the school children and other student’s activities.
He shared that Rabies is a viral disease, causing thousands of deaths
every year. The burden of rabies is significant, particularly in Asia and Africa,
where the majority of human rabies deaths occur out of 59,000 global deaths per
year. India, in particular, bears a heavy burden, accounting for a substantial
proportion of global rabies cases with around 20,000 deaths per year.
This disease is primarily transmitted through the saliva of infected
animals, typically through bites or scratches. Dogs are the most common source
of rabies transmission to humans, but other mammals like cats, bats, and
wildlife can also carry the virus. Preventing rabies is a multifaceted approach
involving both pets and humans. Vaccination is the cornerstone of rabies control
in dogs, with regular booster shots recommended to ensure their immunity.
Stray dog population control programs, public awareness campaigns, and
responsible pet ownership can play essential roles in reducing the risk of rabies
Rabies awareness is crucial for the safety of our communities, especially
among children. It is essential that children are educated about the potential
dangers of dog bites. They should be encouraged to speak up and not hide any
dog bites or scratches they may experience accidently. In the event of a dog
bite, it is of utmost importance to immediately wash the wound thoroughly with
soap and running water. Following this, it is important to consult a physician as
soon as possible for the appropriate vaccination regimen based on the bite
As we commemorate World Rabies Day 2023, one should remember that
rabies is a preventable disease, and together, we can work towards a world
without fear of rabies.