UNION Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu said that according to World Health Organization there was a fatality in the world every 15 minutes or annually 55,000 to 70,000 from rabies and most were in poor villages of Asia and Africa countries.
In respect of rabies, the Union Minister warned of possible perils of the deadly virus at the World Rabies Day 2019 event held at Hilton Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
The Union Minister added that rabies was a 100 percent fully preventable problem and by vaccinating household pets, fatalities can be reduced. Rabies occurs in Myanmar and it was required to be reduced and eradicated.
Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department in cooperation with World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) had drawn up and approved the National Level Strategic Framework for Eliminating Rabies in August 2018. In 2019, a program to vaccinate 1 million dogs was started in Yangon Region and Nay Pyi Taw in cooperation with Four Paws International. The program will be continued in high risk regions such as Mandalay Region, Bago Region and Rakhine State said the Union Minister.
Sustainable success to reduce and eliminate human rabies fatalities in Myanmar can be reached only through the government, relevant ministerial departments, Hluttaw, private sector, animal breeders, supporters and non-government organizations cooperating and working together in a balanced way and the global aim of ‘Zero by 30’ (zero human rabies deaths by 2030) can be reached, said the Union Minister.
Next, Four Paws International director of project development Dr Amir Khalil delivered a remark and Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department director Dr Min Thein Maw explained about the basic works conducted for ‘Zero by 30.’
Scientist Louis Pasteur discovered the vaccine to cure rabies and his works and findings on rabies was honored by designating 28 September, the day on which Louis Pasteur passes away, as World Rabies Day. The theme for World Rabies Day 2019 was “Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate.”
(Translated by Zaw Min)
Ref: The Global New Light of Myanmar