National Action Plan for dog Mediated Rabies Elimination
- Centre on the occasion of World Rabies Day on Tuesday launched a national action plan NAPRE for the elimination of dog mediated rabies by 2030.
- Health Minister urged all the States and UTs to make Rabies a notifiable Disease.
- Health Minister and Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying also launched the Joint Inter-Ministerial Declaration Support Statement for the plan through the One Health Approach.
National Action Plan for Dog Mediated Rabies Elimination
- National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has drafted the action plan in consultation with the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
- 33 per cent of global rabies deaths are recorded in India.
- Union Health Minister also spoke on the human cost extracted by the disease.
- Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease.
- It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal.
- In many other countries dogs still carry rabies, and most rabies deaths in people around the world are caused by dog bites.
- The rabies virus infects the central nervous system.
- If a person does not receive the appropriate medical care after a potential rabies exposure, the virus can cause disease in the brain, ultimately resulting in death.
- Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating pets, staying away from wildlife, and seeking medical care after potential exposures before symptoms start.