Jamshedpur, Sep 28: Rabies should be treated with full medical care and doctor’s advice and people should avoid myths while treating the disease, said Dr. KK Singh, East Zone Incharge of Association for Prevention and control of Rabies in India (APCRI).
Dr. Singh while talking to the scribes at a city hotel on Sunday said, “Local wound treatment should be followed by administration of Rabies Immunoglobulin in Category III Wounds. Later a full course of vaccination should be administered by the intradermal or intramuscular route, in both Category II and Category III exposures, proper wound management, which includes washing of the wounds with soap and water and application of appropriate antiseptics, plays an important role as a first aid measure after exposure to an animal”.
Events to promote rabies awareness are being held across the world on September 28. In Jamshedpur, Association for Prevention and control of Rabies in India in Association with Jamshedji Tata Trust and JUSCO is conducting awareness program in 63 schools under Jusco command area covering 32000 students.
“Students are the first victims of Rabies as they mostly come in contact with the dogs, this is the reason we are training 110 teachers to make the students aware of the disease and how to cure it, our main motive is to make the residents aware of the disease and avoid religious myths ”, added Dr. Singh.
Proper planning, involvement of all stake holders and awareness among the public are necessary to eliminate this killer disease.
The number of deaths due to Human Rabies is estimated to be about 20,000 per year in India, as per the World Health Organization (WHO). The maximum number of deaths in the world due to human rabies (36%) are reported from India.
The main reasons for deaths due to human rabies are : 1. No Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) taken and 2.Use of Indigenous forms of treatment, instead of modern PEP.
The main reasons for the deaths due to human rabies are – large population of stray dogs; poor vaccination coverage of domestic dogs and cats; and incomplete Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) coverage of human victims of dog bite.
Manoj Singh Shekhawat, Head, Public Health, Jusco, said, a rally to create awareness among the citizens was taken out by students of Jusco School South Park from KMPM Inter College with a Nukkad Natak at Triangular Park in Bistupur and ended at Jusco office.
The Rally was flagged off by Capt. Dhananjay Mishra, GM Town Operations Dr.K.K Singh incharge Rabies Project and Mr. S.L Das General Secretary JSU in the presence of Miss Shobhana Dey Principal of the school.