GUWAHATI: In a collaborative effort to combat rabies and promote a healthier environment for both humans and animals in the city, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has joined hands with not-for-profit organisation to commemorate the World Rabies Day.
On September 28, an awareness drive will be held near Dighalipukhuri in Guwahati, aligned with the moto of this year’s theme – “All for 1, one health for all.
The multifaceted awareness programme promises to engage the public actively and sensitise the people about the importance of community-wide understanding and action against the disease.
Activities planned for the day include one-on-one awareness sessions, mass awareness campaigns using placards, specialised awareness booths, and meetings with small groups to ensure the message reaches all sections of the community.
In a move to counteract the disease directly, free anti-rabies vaccinations will be administered to cats and dogs. Additionally, volunteers will distribute coupons for anti-rabies vaccinations, raising a “call-for-action” among the public.
Media interactions and public interviews will further serve to evaluate and enhance public knowledge about the ongoing Animal Birth Control-Anti-Rabies-Vaccination (ABC-ARV) activity spearheaded by GMC in the state.
To ensure the message of prevention and care reaches pet owners directly, the drive will also visit veterinary clinics and pet shops across the city.
Speaking about the initiative, Just Be Friendly (JBF), the not-for-profit organisation, co-organising the event, says that these initiatives will focus on spreading vital information about rabies prevention. “And will help recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease and understand the importance of timely medical intervention,” a release on Wednesday read.
As a build-up to the event on Thursday, the organisation has already distributed free anti-rabies vaccinations across various locations in Northeast including Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Meghalaya, and others, amplifying their commitment to public health.