PANAJI: Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Goa, Dr Agostinho Misquita, today said that Goa state is already set to beat the national and global target of zero human rabies deaths by 2030.
“Goa state is already set to beat the national and global target of zero human rabies deaths by 2030, says Dr Agostinho Misquita, Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Goa. The lessons learned during this project will be vital tools in the ongoing fight against Rabies in India and worldwide,’ said Dr Agostinho Misquita.
Minister for Fisheries & Animal Husbandry Nilkanth Halarnkar said that Now Goa has been notified as Rabies controlled area with no human Rabies cases since 2018, which was due to the largest systematic mass dog vaccination to have ever been conducted in India.
“The hope now is that our Goan public shall be proud to maintain our Rabies controlled status by vaccinating their dogs,” said Halarnkar.
Dr Marwin Lopes, Deputy Director AH&VS department, said that Goa is surrounded by Rabies endemic states, so the threat remains very real, and the best way to protect your own family is to make sure your pet dog is vaccinated.
Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services and Mission Rabies has urged all pet owners to bring their dogs for vaccination at their own Village Panchayat or Veterinary Hospital during this annual free vaccination campaign, commencing In Salcete on World Rabies Day, 28 September, and completing on 1 November, 2022 Pet owners will be able to attend any one of the 143 vaccination clinics set up across seven talukas to receive a free vaccination for their dogs during these days.”