Vision * "A self reliant Dzongkhag co-existing in peace and harmony with enhanced socio-economic standards, rich natural resources and cultural heritage" * Mission * “To enhance rural livelihood with good local governance in line with culture and environment” * དམིགས་དོན་གཅོད་པ། * ཕན་བདེ་བརྟན་རྒྱས་ལྡན་པའི་ས་གནས་གཞུང་གིས་ལམ་སྲོལ་དང་རང་བཞིན་རྒྱུ་ཁུངས་གཉིས་དང་བསྟུན་གྲོང་གསེབ་འཚོ་བའི་ཐུན་རྐྱེན་གོང་འཕེལ་གཏང་ནི། * འཆར་སྣང་བསམ་གྲུབ་ལྗོངས་མཁར། * རྒྱུན་བརྟན་རང་འདྲོངས་ཅན་དང་ཞི་བདེ་མཐུན་བསྒྲིག་མཉམ་དུ་གནས་ཏེ་མི་སྡེ་དཔལ་འབྱོར་གྱི་གནས་ཚད་ཡར་འཕར་སོང་བའི་རང་བཞིན་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཀྱི་འབྱོར་པ་དང་ལམ་སྲོལ་རྒྱུད་བཟང་ལྡན་པའི་ལྗོངས་སུ་བསྒྲགས་ནི།

A successfuly Mass-Rabies Vaccination Campaign at Samdrup Jongkhar

 

The incidences of the puppies dying were reported from Orong Gewog sometime in December month, 2015. The incidence could not prove anything concrete and was suspected due to extreme cold stress that might have been the root causes of the multiple deaths.

Later, in mid of the December month (2015) a Jersey cross calf was bitten by a pet dog at lower Orong (Melung village) was reported to the RNR centre. The dog was observed clinically for unusual behaviors and it died after 3 days. A team from the Dzongkhag and Laboratory visited the site with Rapid Test Kits (RTK) for the sample collection. During the Rapid Test, it has shown significant result indicating Rabies virus infection. Later, the tested sample at National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Thimphu reconfirmed that is Rabies.

Consequently, similar cases were reported again at Orong, Narphung and Samdrup Jongkhar Thromdey areas where another two calves was confirmed and tested positive. The Sector accordingly reported to the concern Departments for further investigation to reduce the risk of transmission to human. The Rapid Response Team (RRT) from NCAH arrived at the field to rule out the source of infections. The team has carried detail investigation and vaccinated more than 382 animals (211 dogs and 171 cats) against the rabies. Total of 111 post exposure prophylaxis treatment for human were also done to minimize the risk of getting Rabies. Awareness and advocacy on the information of Rabies was also carried out simultaneously.

Based on the report of investigation by RP team the vaccination campaign for endemic areas against Rabies disease was carried out (10 days) in collaboration with NCAH. The significant numbers of stray and pet dogs total to more than 1700 was vaccinated from the outbreak to last campaign which ended on 2nd March, 2016. Over more than 300 numbers of dogs was also vaccinated bordering Assam state of Darranga, Prkijuli and near Bhutan gate town.

The main objective of the campaign is reducing risk factor of Rabies from Animal to Human in our country. It is also to make Rabies free country in long run. The campaign was successful and achieved as expected. The sector gracefully conveys sincere thanks to DoL, NCAH and RLDC for generous supports in terms of technical, manpower and fund during the whole campaign period. Our sincere Thanks are also for BIFA members for the information and coordination across the borders for making it success of our endeavor. Lastly, to the entire young and energetic Dog catcher boys in the bouts of catching dogs in odd hours of the mornings and evenings.

 

Reported by:
Thinley Rabten
Sr.DLO

   
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