Dr Poonam K Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia Region (Photo Courtesy: www.thisweekbangalore.com)
Over 1.5 billion people in the Region are at risk of rabies infection.
Every year an estimated 4 million people take rabies preventive vaccines, mostly after dog bites.
About 40% people exposed to dog bites are children in the age group of 5 to 15 years.
As of today, rabies has no cure.
"Eliminating rabies is an important public health goal. National strategies are needed for rabies elimination with the focus on increasing public awareness and making cost-effective post-exposure vaccination available to all. Ensuring post-exposure rabies vaccination is available to all in an equitable manner, should be a key element of rabies elimination efforts," pointed Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia Region.