GAIBANDHA: A total of 23,900 dogs including stray ones, staying at homes and moving freely in seven upazilas of the district will be vaccinated from June 14 to 24 in two phases aimed at building rabies free district, reports BSS.
Of the total, some 3,800 dogs will be brought under Mass Dog Vaccination (MDV) programme in Sadar and Sundarganj upazilas each, 3,400 in Palashbari upazila, 4,000 in Gobindaganj and 3,500 in Shaghata in first phase from June 14 to 18 and 2,000 in Fulchhari upazila and 3,400 in Sadullapur in second phase from June 18 to 24.
This was disclosed by MDV consultant Dr. Rashed Ali Shah in a briefing meeting on Implementation of MDV programme at the conference room of Sadar upazila administration of the town here on Monday afternoon.
Sadar upazila health department arranged the function at the directive of Directorate General of Health Services to inform the upazila level officials, union parishad chairmen, and media men about the programme.
UNO Alia Ferdous Zahan addressed the meeting as the chief guest while upazila health and family planning officer (UHFPO) Dr. ABM Abu Hanif presided over the ceremony.
The function was also addressed, among others, by upazila livestock officer Dr. Monojit Kumar Sarker, consultant of the programme Dr. Mujibur Rahman, Ghagoa union parishad chairman Aminuruzzaman Rinku and journalist Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman.
Consultant Dr. Mujibur Rahman said rabies is a deadly virus which can be spread by any animal. In Bangladesh, 2000 human deaths occur every year for not taking preventable treatment after dog bites.
Rabies is most often transmitted via the saliva of bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks. In Bangladesh, stray dogs are the most likely animal to transmit rabies. The virus has also been found in cows, cats, ferrets, and horses, he added. After being bitten by a rabid animal, the virus is deposited in the muscle and subcutaneous tissue; he said adding that the virus then travels via peripheral nerves to the brain and from there to nearly all parts of the body and ultimately leads to deaths.
In this context, the consultant suggested all the infected people to go to physicians without delay and take proper treatment before symptoms such as weakness, fever, headache, anxiety, confusion, and fear and avoidance of water of rabies begin.
UHFPO Dr. ABM Abu Hanif in his concluding speeches sought cooperation of all concerned to make the MDV programme a success to attain the cherished goal.
All the UP chairmen, MDV consultants, supervisors and field level health personnel, journalists of print and electronic media took part in the function.