The State Inspectorate on Veterinary and Phytosanitary Security under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic gives particular attention to the World Rabies Day every year. The State Inspectorate organises and conducts educational and public awareness campaigns among the population on 28 September annually to draw attention to the problem of the spread of rabies, as well as on its consequences.
This year, due to the restrictions associated with coronavirus pandemic, most of the events were held online. The OIE communication materials dedicated to the World Rabies Day were presented on the official website of the State Inspectorate, Facebook page and in the mass media and radio stations of the country.
According to Kubanychbek Bekturdiyev, the Head of the epidemiology department of the Republican Center for Quarantine and Especially Dangerous Infections of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, in 2020 no deaths from rabies were registered in Kyrgyzstan: “In Kyrgyzstan, 1 to 14 rabies deaths are registered every year. Thanks to the measures taken in the past 10 years, we have now achieved a result with a mortality rate so much decreased that sometimes there is only 1-2 cases per year”.
The Veterinary Services of Kyrgyzstan always pay special attention to the transmission of the virus from animals to humans. The dogs were vaccinated in Jeti-Oguz to mark 28th September, the World Rabies Day. The vaccinations of domestic animals are regularly carried out on the territory of the district. The employees of the district veterinary and phytosanitary service carry out explanatory and public awareness campaigns among the population on the vaccination of domestic animals. Brochures and leaflets were distributed to residents.
Such events are held in many districts of the country, noted Chyngyz Romanov, the Head of the animal health control department of the State Inspectorate, during the radio broadcast for the Sputnik news agency. At the same time, Mr. Romanov talked about the signs of rabies, the measures to prevent it and noted the events dedicated to the World Rabies Day held by the State Inspectorate.
In the future, the State Inspectorate plans to involve the private veterinary clinics and “influencer”, as well as to translate the communication materials into Kyrgyz language. Raising awareness is the key to effective participation of local communities in the work on an effective rabies prevention. “We understand that the population should be aware of the rabies situation, both in the territory of permanent residence and in the places of intended visit. In this regard, we do everything possible to cover this problem as broadly as possible, as raising awareness is a necessary tool in combating and preventing the transmission of the disease. The State Inspectorate has been contributing to the achievement of the global strategic goal of eliminating human rabies transmitted by dogs by 2030″, said Mr. Romanov.
The State Inspectorate is ready to continue to support the policy and initiatives of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in ensuring animal health and welfare, as well as all activities within the framework of "One Health".