This year's theme of the day is "Rabies: Facts, Not Fear"
The World Rabies Day 2021 is being observed on Tuesday in the country as elsewhere across the globe in a befitting manner.
This year's theme of the day is "Rabies: Facts, Not Fear".
The World Rabies Day, a global health observance, started in 2007 to raise awareness about rabies and bring together partners to enhance prevention and control efforts worldwide. The day is observed in many countries, including the United States.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages wished the success of the programs of day and laid emphasis on creating awareness among the people to eliminate rabies from the country.
In his message, the president said rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals and rabies virus is usually transmitted through a bite especially by dog, jackal and bat. If treatment is not taken timely, rabies can be a deadly disease, he added.
He said infection rate of rabies in Bangladesh comes down but there is still risk of rabies in the country due to geographical location, unawareness and misconception about this disease.
President Abdul Hamid urged NGOs and private organizations to work together with the government to eliminate rabies from the society.
In the message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated her government's commitment to bringing down the rabies infection rate to zero in the country. In the SDG's global strategy on rabies, it has been pledged to build a rabies free world by 2030, she added.
She said Bangladesh can be freed from rabies through creating mass awareness, ensuring treatment and vaccine and controlling the breeding of dog.
The premier urged all, especially private organizations and development partners, to play effective role in elimination of rabies from the society.