Detailed Program for Rabies Awareness | Raipur News

Raipur: In order to raise awareness about rabies and viral hepatitis control, an Integrated Disease Surveillance Program Review meeting was held to outline the detailed program in the state.
At a rabies briefing, health officials said rabies is caused by ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus present in the saliva of a rabid animal. It is transmitted following a bite from a rabid animal which leads to the deposit of saliva and the virus in the wound.
Death invariably occurs within four days to two weeks due to cardiorespiratory failure. However, the time interval between the bite and the appearance of symptoms varies from four days to two years, or even more rarely.
Thus, it is important to eliminate the virus from the wound as soon as possible by immediately washing the wound with soap and water, then applying antiseptics that reduce the risk of nerve infection.
Therefore, a detailed review of the National Rabies Control Program and the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program (NRCP) was carried out during Saturday’s meeting in Raipur. During this, the physical and financial progress of the program at the district level was also reviewed. The new outline of the program for the next financial year 2022-23 was also discussed in detail during the meeting.
The Director of Epidemic Control, Dr. Subhash Mishra, gave necessary instructions to all districts regarding the prevention and treatment of rabies and viral hepatitis control during the meeting. He asked to make a wide publicity on the ground to sensitize people on these two diseases.
In discussing the objectives of the NRCP, the parameters for training healthcare professionals on the proper management of animal bites and post-exposure prophylaxis for rabies were discussed.
Advocate for states to adopt and implement the interdermal route of post-exposure prophylaxis for animal bite victims and pre-exposure prophylaxis for high-risk categories.
Strengthening of the human rabies surveillance system, strengthening of regional laboratories within the framework of the NRCP for the diagnosis of rabies.
Community sensitization through advocacy, communication and social mobilization and other strategies were also discussed at the meeting.

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