11th World Rabies Day ceremony

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Veterinary doctor giving vaccination injection to dog at 11th World Rabies Day ceremony. Photo: MNA

The 11th World Rabies Day ceremony organised by the Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department was held yesterday morning at the meeting hall of ministry in Nay Pyi Taw.
At the ceremony, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw delivered an opening speech about rabies being known by all as one of the main diseases of animal origin transmitted to human, but despite it being easily preventable and controllable, for many reasons there is one human fatality from this disease every fifteen minutes in the world and annually there are about 55,000 to 70,000 fatalities from rabies, according to a statement from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) are attempting to prevent rabies under the concept of “One World, One Health” and with the assistance of technical experts from international organisations such as the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department have drawn up a strategic framework to control rabies, said the Deputy Minister.
The Myanmar Veterinary Association and the Department of Public Health then explained how to controlling rabies and the role of Myanmar veterinarians.
Dr. Min Thein Maw, Deputy Director of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department then spoke of the work done on controlling and preventing rabies. The heads of Lewe and NyaungU townships Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department Dr. Aung Soe Moe and Dr. Tun Tun Oo explained the status of setting up pilot areas to control rabies in Lewe and NyaungU townships. Myanmar is among 150 countries where rabies occurs and is considered a “rabies commutable risk country”, where there were about half a million victims of dog bites and a thousand fatalities from rabies according to data from WHO. The theme of the 11th World Rabies Day is “Rabies: Zero by 30” it is learnt.

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