Dr Vilas Naik from the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services has said that an incinerator proposed by the Mission Rabies for Goa would be set up under the Corporation of City of Panaji to help in the elimination of rabies in Goa.
Addressing the media, the veterinary doctor said that previously the government had to send samples to a Bangalore based laboratory for diagnosis, but now, a laboratory will be set up in the state which will be located at Tonca, Panaji as well as in Sonsoddo, Margao
Dr Naik said that Mission Rabies had signed two proposals with the government for anti-rabies vaccination for 70 per cent of the dog population. Rs 1.65 crore has been paid for sterilisation of 50,000 dogs from 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 till August.
Dr Murugan Appupillai, director of education, Mission Rabies, said before the start of Mission Rabies in Goa there were in all 17 deaths reported, but now due to mass vaccination, sterilisation, awareness and education, the number of rabies deaths have come down to zero.
In December 2018, Mission Rabies educated one million children in the country empowering them in local schools and community groups with the knowledge of how to protect themselves from rabies and what action need to be taken if bitten by a potentially rabid dog.
He said Mission Rabies teams in Goa have vaccinated 95,000 dogs in 2018. In all there are around 1.6 million dogs in the state.
The aim of the Mission Rabies team is to eradicate rabies in Goa as it is a small state and success can be achieved. The model can then be replicated in other states. Mission Rabies has also initiated mass awareness for children and general public through extensive programmes and rallies every year.