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Vietnam moves to eliminate rabies

Vietnam moves to eliminate rabies

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has approved a national programme to control rabies
in pet dogs and humans by 2021 with the aim of stamping out the disease.
The programme, designed for 2017-2021, targets that the rate of vaccinated pet dogs
in communes, wards and towns will reach over 85 percent, over 70 percent of
provinces will record no incident of rabies in pet dogs in two consecutive
years.
By 2021, over 95
percent of communes, wards and towns will provide lists of households with pet
dogs and the number of fatalities due to rabies will be reduced by 60 percent
in comparison with the average cases recorded in 2011-2015.
The programme also comes up with a host of measures, including developing and
delivering communications documents, improving the capacity of the monitoring
system, tightening the transportation of dogs, and investigating and handling
rabies hotspots.
Rabies remains a major concern worldwide, killing more than 55,000 people every
year.
In January-September,
2016, rabies claimed 49 lives in Vietnam, higher than that of the same period
last year.
Vietnam is striving
to become one of the leading ASEAN countries in completely eliminating
rabies.-VNA
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