Stray dog menace: Kerala to adopt Goa's model for controlling rabies outbreak

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Kollam: Kerala has been pondering over adopting the rabies control programme carried out by Mission Rabies in Goa. The rabies control programme has yielded positive results in Goa.

Mission Rabies, an international NGO’s leg has been functioning in Goa since 2014. Vaccination of dogs, awareness sessions for the public and emergency helpline are some of the services offered by the NGO.

It is learnt that this NGO’s interventions played a crucial role in curbing rabies-related deaths and animal-borne diseases in the state. According to Mission Rabies director, Dr Murugan Appupilla, they offer services in locations like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Ranchi, Nilgiri, Karwar and Sindhudurg.

The public can inform the helpline if they encounter with violent dogs with rabies-like symptoms. They provide rehabilitation facilities to isolate dangerous dogs from public and animal interactions.

The Kerala government had been deliberating on the adoption ever since the dog menace has been in limelight. However, it is learnt that other than talks no further steps have been initiated.

Similarly, media reports in October suggest that the state government is either slow-footed or its initiatives to curb the stray dog menace are not turning effective.

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