28 September, Trongsa-Wangdue: More than 100 participants gathered at the Sherubling Higher Secondary School in Trongsa to celebrate the World Rabies Day, organised by the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector for the first time. The day is celebrated on 28 September worldwide.
The programme was in commemoration of the 60th birth anniversary of the 4th King to reinforce our modest effort in spreading awareness among the general public to combat Rabies for safety. It was also conducted considering the coming up of the Mangdue Chhu Hydro Power Project in Trongsa which has increased the human as well as stray dogs population, thus creating public nuisance and posing a serious threat to public heath.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Guest, Dasho Kinley Gyeltshen, the Dzongrab for Trongsa highlighted the need to join hands and combat the deadly Rabies which is causing thousands of deaths in human worldwide. He also stressed that such event is an opportunity for everyone gathered to re-assure our sincere efforts to fulfill His Majesty’s vision in ensuring safety of all Bhutanese.
The day conveyed messages on rabies including its control and preventive measures to the gatherings through lectures, distribution of leaflets and the documentary show on how to prevent dog bite. A quiz competition was also conducted among the students and the winners were awarded with attractive prizes.
Later in the day, the Chief Guest and all other participants took part in a walkathon from Sherubling School to Trongsa town carrying banners and passing messages to the public on Rabies with a slogan, ‘Join hands to make Bhutan-a free Rabies country.’
The programme was funded by the Mangdue Chhu Hydro Electric Project Authority with technical backstopping from the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Zhemgang and the National Centre of Animal Health (NCAH), Serbithang.
RLDC Wangdue also celebrated the World Rabies Day in Karmaling geog under Lhamoizingkha Drungkhag with the objective to eliminate rabies from animal population thereby ensuring ‘Zero rabies in human’ through a participatory approach. The geog is identified as a rabies endemic area in the west central region with the reporting of sporadic cases in previous years.
This year, the program was aimed at a more interior geog to involve the community more closely and foster a sense of responsibility in line with the objectives of the Community Animal Birth Control Program.
Various awareness activities were carried out and advocated from the goeg administration at the geog centre. The awareness talk show which included the audio-visual aids like screening of videos, display of posters and distribution of leaflets were attended by 90 participants from five Chiwogs. The local participants voluntarily presented 30 nos. of pet dogs for registration and vaccination against Rabies.
With the support from various stakeholders like NCAH, HSI and geog administration, RLDC Wangdue were able to celebrate the day in such a remote area. The day successfully ended fulfilling this year’s theme for the World Rabies Day, ‘Together against Rabies.’
Submitted by Sherab Tenzin, Sr. District Livestock Officer, Trongsa and Dr. Bir Doj Rai, RLDC Wangdue
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