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Rabies: Educate, vaccinate and eliminate


24/09/2016

Vinh City –  To celebrate World Rabies Day, the Ministry of Health of Viet Nam, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other One Health partners join hands to promote the message “Rabies: Educate, Vaccinate and  Eliminate” to policy makers, animal and public health professionals, dog owners and the general public.

World Rabies Day, organized across 100 different countries around the 28th September each year, is a day when the public and authorities demonstrate commitment to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to progress in defeating this fatal disease.This year, the world celebrates the 10th World Rabies Day anniversary, a milestone in rabies prevention, by promoting the use of safe and efficacious animal and human vaccines and community engagement in effective rabies prevention.

Viet Nam has made progress in recent years to eliminate rabies through coordinated efforts by MARD, MOH and provincial authorities. 49 people in 20 provinces and cities died of rabies this year compared to 52 deaths in 22 provinces and cities at this point last year. This progress demonstrates Viet Nam’s government is on the right track to eliminate rabies. Nevertheless, the final stretch is the hardest and Viet Nam has to continue to take strong action to achieve the ASEAN target of rabies elimination by 2020.

This year’s World Rabies Day celebration in Nghe An province on the 24th September brings together communities, authorities and animal health and human health experts from provinces where rabies is still reported. At the event, government officials, communities and hundreds of students, will express their commitment to collaborate and join a flashmob dance to promote rabies vaccination and community engagement.

Elimination of rabies in Viet Nam by 2020 requires sustained political commitment, underpinned by strong health and veterinary services. “Rabies is a global concern and all of us can play a role in eliminating it. By educating the public how to prevent rabies and vaccinating dogs to stop the disease at source, we are saving not only lives but also contributing to end rabies everywhere” said FAO Representative to Viet Nam, Mr Jong-Ha Bae, and WHO Representative to Viet Nam, Dr Lokky Wai.

Local authorities in provinces where rabies occur must provide leadership and commitment to control the spread of rabies. “Rabies elimination is feasible, provided that at least 70% of all the dogs are vaccinated and people who get bitten by dogs proactively seek medical consultation and vaccination. Early detection and prevention can only be achieved by close collaboration and sharing of resources across sectors. The World Rabies Day is an opportunity to strengthen these collaboration and reaffirm the stakeholders’ commitment” said Dr. Pham Van Dong, Director of Animal Health Department and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Dac Phu, Director General Department of Preventive Medicine.

 

For more information, please contact:

General Department of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health
Tel: 84-4- 38456255
E-mail:
 
baocaobtn@gmail.com

 

Department of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Tel: 84-4-8685104

E-mail: dichte.dah@gmail.com

 

Rabies control program office, National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology

Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong

Tel: 84-4-39712719

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: 84-4- 38501829
Email:
Hang.nguyenthuy@fao.org

 

World Health Organization (Viet Nam)

 

Ms. Tran Thi Loan 
Tel: 84-4-38500100 
Mobile: 0915 413 814
Email:
wpvnmedia@who.int