A free anti-rabies vaccination camp was held in Kohima's Veterinary Hospital. The camp was held inside the hospital's premises. Veterinary surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth Yhome while interacting with the media, said that the anti-rabies vaccination was conducted every year where dogs were administered the vaccine to keep them safe from an infectious viral disease which was incurable. She informed that usually the vaccination for a dog begins at three months of age followed by a yearly vaccination.
However, if a mother dog is not vaccinated then the pup should get vaccinated at two months of age followed by a booster dose in a month after which the yearly cycle can begin, Dr Elizabeth informed. She said rabies was caused by rhadovirus in dogs which could be transmitted to human beings and therefore in order to avoid such occurrences, she urged upon the people to come forward and vaccinate their dogs to keep the disease at bay.
She informed that the hospital kept a tab on cases of dog biting humans or other dogs in order to prevent a potential rabies outbreakWhile informing that there were more than 5000 dogs reared in Kohima city alone, Dr Elizabeth said that it was likely to increase at the present trend. She observed that dog rearing had increased after the COVID-19 Pandemic, which she said could be a result of people feeling the need to rear pets as their companions. She informed that the hospital kept a tab on cases of dog biting humans or other dogs in order to prevent a potential rabies outbreak.
She added that in such cases, the hospital sends saliva samples of the dog to the laboratory at the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, Guwahati in Assam for further analysis while the dog was kept under 10 days of observation. Disclosing that with the new COVID restrictions now being slowly lifted, she said the hospital was planning to conduct similar vaccination camps at major intersections within Kohima city and at neighbouring villages. A total of 108 dogs were vaccinated at the camp.