11th July 2017, Hyderabad
ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad celebrated the World Zoonoses Day here today. The theme of the celebrations was ‘Towards a healthier life’, in order to educate and create public awareness about the importance of zoonoses.
The World Zoonoses day is celebrated every year to bring the problem into people's consciousness, and remind them to take action. This day is the anniversary of the invention of rabies vaccine by the great scientist Louis Pasteur. The infectious diseases or their agents naturally transmissible between animals and human beings are collectively referred to as “zoonoses”.
Dr. Ashok Kumar, Assistant Director General (Animal Health), ICAR, New Delhi, Chief Guest, called for intersectoral collaboration among veterinarians, medicos and biologists for creating awareness about the dreaded zoonotic infections. He also narrated the various activities and initiatives by ICAR and Govt. of India for control and prevention of zoonotic infections.
Dr. V.V. Kulkarni, Director of the Institute welcomed the delegates and briefed about the World Zoonoses Day. He also spoke about the importance of surveillance systems for combating zoonotic infections.
Dr. P. Venkateswara Reddy, Chief Veterinary Officer, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation , Guest of Honour spoke about animal welfare activities of GHMC and underlined the importance of awareness programmes about zoonotic infections.
Various aspects of zoonotic infections and intersectoral collaborations was deliberated during the technical session.
Over 70 veterinarians, medicos, students of veterinary college and staff of NRCM participated in the programme. The programme was organized in collaboration with Indian Meat Science Association and Society for Research on Listeria.
(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad)