Control programme: WHO, provinces launch rabies initiative

Published: June 29, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organisation (WHO) along with provincial health departments launched Rabies Control Programme in the country on Wednesday.

The initiative intends to strengthen programmes for rabies control on national and provincial levels, and develop interdepartmental collaboration, among health and veterinary departments of local government and municipal authorities to check dogs’ population, particularly stray dogs.

It further aims to train health officials regarding treatment of dog bites, and provision of vaccines. WHO has secured funds worth $50,000 with assistance of its partner UN agencies for procurement of immunoglobulin, a vaccine to treat dog bites. The vaccine will arrive in the first week of July and will be distributed to all dog bite treatment centres in the country.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2012.

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