Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu addresses 12th World Rabies Day Ceremony

Union Minister Dr Aung Thu observing anti-rabies injection administered by Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department and OIE. Photo: mna
Union Minister Dr Aung Thu observing anti-rabies injection administered by Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department and OIE. Photo: MNA

Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from infected animals in Myanmar and to fulfil the global goal of reducing rabies infection to zero by 2030, close cooperation between Government, ministries concerned, parliaments, private sector, animal breeders and international supporters is needed, said Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu at the 12th World Rabies Day ceremony held in Nay Pyi Taw Office No. 36, yesterday.
The theme of the 12th World Rabies Day was “Rabies: Share the message. Save a life.”
The ceremony was attended by Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu, Nay Pyi Taw Council member U Aye Maung Sein, officials from Hluttaw affairs committees, permanent secretaries, directors general, representatives from WHO, FAO, OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health), FOUR PAWs International and international partner organisations, veterinarians and departmental officials.
After Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu delivered the opening speech, the Union Minister and ceremony attendees visited the displayed exhibits. Following this, they observed the anti-rabies injection administered by Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department and OIE.
According to WHO figures, a person in the world is affected with rabies every 15 minutes causing 55,000 to 70,000 fatalities, annually.
Myanmar is also a country that is infected by rabies and relevant ministries are cooperating with international organisations such as OIE, WHO, FAO to reduce and eradicate rabies.—MNA

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