Every year 28th September is celebrated as World Rabies Day to raise awareness about rabies and to promote preventive measures to defeat this horrifying disease. The Day commemorates the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist who developed the first rabies vaccine in 1885.
Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all mammals, including humans. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, and is almost always fatal once symptoms develop. However, rabies is 100% preventable through vaccination.
Every year, an estimated 60,000 people die from rabies worldwide, mostly in Asia and Africa. Children are at the highest risk of infection, accounting for 40% of all deaths.
This year theme for World Rabies Day is "One Health for All." that highlights the importance of collaboration between human and animal health professionals to prevent and control rabies.
Under the aegis of IQAC, the department of Life Sciences & Allied Health sciences, organized an awareness campaign to educating the public especially children under age of 12 years about the signs and symptoms of rabies, and how to avoid contact with infected animals.
A group of 36 BSc MLS 5th semester students under the guidance of two faculty members Dr Chetna Sharma and Ms Sonia participated in this awareness drive.
Students in grades 5-8 at Govt. Senior Secondary School, Arihana KalaN, were taught about rabies, its transmission, symptoms, and preventive measures.
The students were taught using oral presentations, charts, posters, and discussions. They were also shown video clips and news reports of rabid animal attacks.
Children being easy targets for the Rabid dogs were also taught how to recognize rabid animals, particularly dogs, and how to avoid dog attacks.
They were also informed that immediate wound cleansing and immunization within a few hours after contact with a suspect rabid animal can prevent the onset of rabies and death.
They were also provided information about the nearby vaccination centers and vaccination schedules.
The desired information was disseminated to school students in two sessions, each lasting about one hour.
Throughout the sessions, both the university and school students were enthusiastic about explaining and listening to the necessary information.
The Principal Sir and his teaching staff were very cooperative and helped us conduct the awareness drive. They also appreciated the efforts put in by all the students’ along with their teachers to make this event successful.