Samoon inaugurates free anti-rabies vaccination camp for pets

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SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary Animal – Asgar Hassan Samoon Sunday visited the Animal Husbandry Complex Gowkadal and inaugurated a free anti-rabies vaccination camp for pets.  “He also interacted with pet owners and himself vaccinated some pedigreed pets,” the statement said.
Director, Animal Husbandry Kashmir, Dr M Y Chaproo informed that the IEC Cell of Animal Husbandry Department has launched awareness camp in Schools regarding prevention of rabies and also organized competition among the children on the subject.
He was informed that around 60,000 deaths happened worldwide due to rabies and 99% of rabies cases are due to dog bites.
Highlighting the need to aware masses regarding the issue, he said that among the 60,000 deaths worldwide around 20000 happened in India of which 40 percent of the victims are children.
Samoon felicitated the winners of these competitions with certificates & mementoes.  He said that the people should be made aware about prevention of the dreaded disease and steps shall be taken for control of dog population by humane means. He added said that for last few years more people in the valley have started keeping pets which need to be regularly vaccinated against Rabies. He complemented the IEC cell of AHD for conducting such programmes.
Samoon also laid foundation stone of Modern OPD Block at Central Veterinary Hospital Gowkadal in presence of officers of the department and emphasized on importance of better infrastructure for veterinary services. The new OPD block shall house a new modern OT and is likely to be completed in two months’ time.