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Rabies: Zero by 2030


27/09/2017

Bac Giang City– Toward “Rabies: Zero by 2030” is the message made by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Health (MOH), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and other One Health partners on the occasion of the World Rabies Day event in Bac Giang, 27 September. Both the animal and human health sector stand united to promote rabies elimination to policy makers, animal and public health professionals, dog owners and the general public.

The common goal of zero human deaths from canine rabies by 2030 was endorsed by international organizations, research agencies, private sector and government representatives from 70 countries, including Viet Nam, at the global conference on rabies elimination in 2015.

Viet Nam’s World Rabies Day celebration highlights dog vaccination as the best evidence-based strategy to stop rabies transmission to humans.

 

“In order to achieve zero human rabies by 2030, the government of Viet Nam needs to take stronger action, especially in dog population management, dog vaccination coverage and timely provision of treatment for bite victims. FAO and WHO commit to provide our technical assistance to support MARD and MOH” expressed by FAO Representative to Viet Nam, Mr JongHa Bae, and WHO Representative to Viet Nam, Dr Kidong Park jointly.

So far this year, 57 people in 29 provinces and cities have died of rabies. This is equal to the number of human deaths in only 22 provinces in mid-September last year. The Viet Nam government must now respond to the challenge of rabies spreading to more provinces nationwide.

“Rabies elimination in humans by 2030 is feasible, provided that at least 70% of all dogs are vaccinated and people who get bitten seek urgent vaccine and medical attention. We would like urge local authorities at all levels to work closely with the public and the animal health sector, to provide your stronger leadership and sufficient resources to control rabies” said by Dr Pham Van Dong, Director of Animal Health Department and Dr. Tran Dac Phu, Director of General Department of Preventive Medicine.

Worldwide rabies causes an estimated 59.000 deaths every year. These deaths could be prevented through three key measures of vaccinating dogs, avoiding dog bites and seeking medical care from an authorized professional after getting bitten by a dog.

There is no cure for rabies once symptoms develop, and rabies victims invariably die a slow, painful death. However, swiftly provided post-bite treatment can help avoid deaths and human suffering.

For more information, please contact:

Department of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Dr Chu Duc Huy

Expert, Epidemiology Division

Tel: 84-24-38685104

E-mail: chuduchuy@gmail.com

 

General Department of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health
Ms Nguyen Thi Huong

Expert, Epidemiology Division

Tel: 84-24- 38456255
E-mail: huongfetp@gmail.com

 

Secretariat of Human rabies control program

National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology

Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong

Tel: 84-24-39712719

E-mail: phongchongbenhdai@gmail.com

 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Ms Nguyen Thuy Hang 
One Health Advocacy and Communications Coordinator

Tel: 84-24- 38501829
Email: Hang.nguyenthuy@fao.org

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Ms Tran Thi Loan 

Communications Assistant
Tel: 84-24-38500100 
Email: wpvnmedia@who.int