Tibet Charity celebrated 10th World Rabies Day along with the international community on 28th September 2016.
A simple public awareness function which marked the day had Mr. Dhangyi Tsultrim la, the Secretary Department of Health,
Central Tibetan Administration as the Chief Guest. Dr. Ajay Sharma, the Additional Secretary, State Animal Husbandry Department and Mr. Dawa Rinchen la, the Tibetan Settlement Officer, Dharamsala were the Guests of Honour at the function. Many guests consisting of representatives from monasteries in the region, local Tibetan office bearers, school heads and foreign dignitaries also attended the function.
Mr. Tsering Thundup la, the Director of Tibet Charity while welcoming the guests explained how Tibet Charity Animal Care Section continues to prosper in spite of initial difficulties thanks mainly to Tibet Charity Denmark, Brigitte Bardot Foundation France and local Indian and Tibetan administration. He mentioned that 4751 dogs were sterilized since 2007 and 10740 dogs received anti rabies vaccination during the period – both at the clinic and at camps.
Mr. Dawa Rinchen la, in his speech, congratulated Tibet Charity for carrying out various humanitarian programs in the region besides Animal Welfare program. He was especially appreciative of the Home Nursing program that carries out door to door service to the lonely and sick elders in the region.
Dr. Ajay Sharma explained how rabies spread from animal to human and how it can be prevented. He lauded Tibet Charity for the initiative taken by it to eradicate rabies from the region. He promised all necessary help from his office for the good cause.
Mr. Dhangyi Tenzin la too expressed his deep appreciation of the philanthropic activities initiated by Tibet Charity. He recalled how the founder of Tibet Charity Venerable Lakha Rinpoche came to Dharamsala with a group of vets from Denmark and organized Animal Birth Control camps much before the unit of Tibet Charity in Dharamsala was started.
Mrs. Jigmey Choekyi, the Coordinator of Health Care Section of Tibet Charity educated the public on rabies. She explained in details the nature of rabies virus, how it travels to brain and symptoms that is associated with the disease. She explained the steps that can be taken before and after one is bitten by a rabid dog.
Dr. Milli Swali offered the vote of thanks to all those who have gathered at the function on behalf of Tibet Charity India.
Dr. Ajay Sharma, at the end of the function, inaugurated 10 day Mass Vaccination Program for street dogs by giving the first vaccine to our house dog Paula.