The Governament of Karnataka state, India through the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary services observed WORLD RABIES DAY at Shivamogga, on 28th Sept. 2023. Shivamogga is one of the major cities of India. Major part of the district has thick forest.
As a part of the celebrations A free anti rabies vaccination drive was launched in the city and neighbor hood.
To commemorate celebration of the World Rabies Day 2023, the newly equipped veterinary polyclinic was dedicated to animal welfare of the Shivamogga district (pic)
The free vaccination for all animals against Rabies was inaugurated by Dr. Nidaghatta Gangadhar senior scientist (zoonosis) at the veterinary polyclinic. The vaccinations were conducted by a team of chief veterinary officers, senior veterinary officers and support staff.
Dr. Nidaghatta Gangadhar delivered the key note address. He recalled that the day also is the commemoration of the death anniversary of the great microbiologist-chemist Dr. Louis Pasteur and the celebrations in the world are spearheaded by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) He spoke on the deadly nature of rabies, its epidemiology, clinical manifestations, Dos and Dont's for Vets and public and steps to prevent rabies. GARC, WHO, World Organization for Animal health , CDC and other global health agencies have launched an intensive drive to achieve the target of Zero dog mediated human rabies deaths by 2030.
The seminar was inaugurated by Mr.Snehal Sudhakar Lokhande, Indian Administrative Services ( I A S), the head of the Zilla Panchayat (the district governing body). Dr. Basavesh Hugar , Deputy Director ,veterinary polyclinic presided. Dr. Shivayogi B. Yali Deputy Director Administration Shivamogga District played a stellar role in coordinating the week long activities.
Dr. Manjunath Palegar Director Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Karnataka state was the guest of honor.
The other guests included Dr. Ganesh Udupa Dean of Veterinary college Shivamogga, and Dr. S.G. Shekar , Managing Director Karnataka Milk Federation,(K M F ) Shivamogga, Dr.Muralidhar Manager K M F, Dr. Sunil Kumar Chief Veterinary Officer, Shikaripura shared issues that the practicing Vet is called up on to solve on rabies in his daily routine. Dr. Muralidhar, the chief Veterinary officer of Tirthahalli was the anchor.
It was a grand finale to the World Rabies Day 2023 in Karnataka, very ably planned, organized and executed by the two district veterinary heads Dr. Shivayogi B. Yali and Dr. Basavesh Hugar and their team.