World Rabies Day held at GMC Srinagar

On the occasion of World Rabies Day, Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar organsied a webinar, in collaboration with ECHO.

The online program, “End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate”, was inaugurated by Dr S Muhammad Salim Khan, Prof and HOD Community Medicine.

The program was coordinated by Dr Waseem Raja, lecturer, while Dr Rifat Jan and Dr Ruqia Quansar, lecturers in the department were the resource persons who deliberated on global, national and local scenario, clinical case presentation and management of animal bite exposure.

It was followed by case scenarios and question and answer session. The workshop was attended by scores of doctors, paramedics and students. The webinar was organised in association with Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM), Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI) and Consortium Against Rabies (CAR).

Dr Fajar Rafiq Shah, senior Executive Projects and Rohan coordinated the webinar on behalf of the ECHO.

A statement said annually 6,000 to 7,000 dog bite cases are reported by Anti Rabies Clinic at SMHS Hospital, run by Department of Community Medicine where anti rabies vaccines and rabies immunoglobulin are provided free of cost to the victims.