2020 has been tough for the world. Challenges like pandemic and climate change have caused us huge damages. The situation is hard, but in such circumstances, we should not overlook the danger of rabies looming over the world.
Rabies is a viral disease that occurs in 150 countries and territories. It is present on all the continents except Antarctica, but Asia and Africa are the major breeding grounds contributing to 95 percent rabies associated deaths each year.
India, a country located in South Asia, is a prominent rabies-stricken zone. According to the World Health Organization, each year, the country reports about 20,000 deaths from rabies.
Stray dogs are the major contributors to the widespread of rabies in India. You will find packs on the roads, in the streets, in the cities and the villages alike. The reason is their enormous population that currently ranges between 35-40 million.
Ignorance is one of the major factors responsible for the prevalence of this deadly virus in the country of more than 1.3 billion. Many people don’t know that they need to report to the emergency if a dog is bitting. Sharing the story of a young, who died of rabies, Dr. Ramesh Masthi at a Bengaluru hospital said,
“He came about a week after he was bitten. The wound was serious, and we couldn’t save him. There is so much ignorance about dog bites and myths. A rabies shot in time would have saved him,”Dr. Ramesh Masthi
Rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease. In this regard, “United Against Rabies” is an initiative by the WHO to make the world zero-rabies by 2030. This is a collective effort. Each country has to play its part. If India doesn’t overcome the 36 percent of the rabies cases it reports, it’s feared that we wouldn’t achieve the target of a ‘rabies-free’ world by 2030.
Rabies Immunization is critical for world health and happiness. Do you know what having to get rabies shots is like? Yeah, it’s not fun, and no human should have to go through that. Moreover, nobody’s pet should have to suffer from this disease.