Training Program on Prevention of Dog Bites and Rabies for Staff Nurses of MMC
Guwahati, 30th March 2018:JBF (INDIA) TRUST commonly known as JBF (Just Be Friendly) an animal welfare organization, with a mission to achieve ‘Rabies Free Assam by 2030’ conducted atraining program on prevention of dog bites and rabies for staff nurses. During the event, Team JBF trained more than 30 nurses of MMCH (Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital) Panbazar, Guwahati.
The event focuses with a mission to spread awareness and communicate dog-bite and rabies prevention information to the staff nurses and help remove ignorance and associated fear. It also help to provide patients with the necessary emotional support to cope with the post-bite effects such as fear, anger, distress, and sadness. This training is not only for the purpose of providing the patient with relevant information on the subject but also in enabling the patient to make healthy and safe choices in the future.
Also, team JBF is tirelessly struggling to control stray dog population and control rabies by spay/neuter/birth control and also by creating awareness among common public regarding importance of Animal Birth Control & Anti Rabies Vaccination (ABC-ARV) in street/stray/community/homed dogs and involvement of people in the animal welfare movement.
Dr Smriti Rekha Dutta, Programme Director of JBF (INDIA) TRUST delivered a power-point presentation, continued with the training program for staff nurses. Along with the training program, team JBF also came forward with an initiative to make the people aware of rabies control and dog-bite prevention. Leaflets were also distributed besides face to face interaction during the program.
The public in Assam is largely scared of dogs, especially ones that live on the street. A large part of this fear is bred from ignorance. People are not taught about dog behaviour in schools and colleges. They are not taught about how to avoid dog-bites, and what to do in the event of such an incident. They are not taught about the incidence of rabies, and how to identify a rabid dog. They are not taught that for the most part, dogs are wonderful animals, make loyal companions and are brave guards of our communities. With little to no knowledge about the above, most people are bound to be woefully underprepared in the event of a dog bite.
Along with a dog-bite comes fear, resentment and anger, and when these sentiments are not adequately addressed, they escalate. When the prevailing sentiment against dogs is one of fear and hatred, incidents such as killing of dogs will become the immediate answer, and will even be condoned and encouraged. To prevent vigilante justice becoming the norm, and to reinforce humane, effective and legal solutions, we believe that a long-term sustainable solution is education of the public.
Rabies is 100% preventable yet at least 55,000 human’s die from rabies each year around the world, mostly from exposure to dogs. A person dies of rabies almost every 10 minutes. Almost half of all rabies deaths occur in children under the age of 15 years. Lack of awareness among the people is the main factor in our country, even if organizations like us are struggling tirelessly to create awareness among public but still larger group of people are unaware of the deadly disease-Rabies.