World Rabies Day, 2019
On 28th September 2019, Bhutan observed the 13th World Rabies Day, focusing mainly on vaccination of pet dogs and public awareness about the disease and its management in the rabies endemic southern and eastern districts. The theme, "Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate" was used to raise awareness at many levels: to ensure that dogs are kept vaccinated - as a reminder to dog owners, animal health professionals and local governments; to help people in need to seek and obtain PEP – through human health professionals and educators; and to commit to the 2030 goal of eliminating dog-mediated human rabies. In response to the “United Against Rabies – Zero by 30”, the collaboration call upon national governments to take an active and important steps towards the achievement of the target to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030; the pledge was signed by Honorable Ministers: Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, reaffirming Bhutan’s commitment to eliminate dog-mediated human rabies by 2030. In line with this, a joint statement was issued by the two ministers on the world rabies day, 2019.