|Students of Kasidih High School during the rally organised to mark World Rabies Day in Jamshedpur on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Sept. 28: As many as 100 students of Kasidih High School took out an awareness rally from their campus today to mark World Rabies Day.
Jointly organised by utility provider Jusco and local unit of Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI), the procession saw students carrying colourful posters with awareness messages.
The rally, however, had to be cut short owing to heavy downpour.
Officials from a collaborative project to fight rabies in the city, which is sponsored by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in association with Humane Society International and APCRI, also took part in the rally.
Speaking on the occasion, project head K.K. Singh said that only a combined effort could help control the spread of the disease.
“Proper planning, awareness campaigns and joint efforts by all stakeholders are necessary to eliminate this killer disease,” said Singh.
Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said they organised the procession so that the children, while taking part in it, could know more about the disease and its causes.
“Our intention is to create and spread awareness, starting right from the children of the city,” he said.
On the other hand, Virbac Animal Health Pvt. Ltd organised a dog handlers’ meet and free anti-rabies vaccination camp at Jamshedpur Kennel Club in Kadma.
Notably, India accounts for about a third of the global burden and two-thirds of Asian burden of human rabies. In most cases, transmission occurs through dog bites. Every year, as many as 20,000 Indians die of the disease.