TIH Launches Rabies Free Karachi Program

Rabies Free Karachi

The Indus Hospital Launches Rabies Free Karachi Program

Karachi, Pakistan

January 12, 2018

The Indus Hospital (TIH), Karachi has launched Rabies Free Karachi (RFK) Program. The pilot project is focusing on Ibrahim Hyderi, where stray dogs will be vaccinated and neutered. The ceremony was held at TIH on January 12, 2018. Wasim Akhtar, Mayor Karachi inaugurated the project. Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Indus Health Network (IHN) welcomed the Mayor.

Dr. Naseem Salahuddin, Head of the Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, (TIH) and Program Director of RFK project, briefed the audience about RFK program. She stated that Ibrahim Hyderi was selected, as most dog bites that arrived at (TIH) came from this area. She stated that killing of animals was cruel and ineffective in controlling dog population. The WHO recommends One Health Approach for rabies control through Mass Dog Vaccination (MDV) and Animal Birth Control (ABC). We have full co-operation from WHO, KMC, and Community engagement from Ibrahim Hyderi Union Councils.

Mr. Daniel Stewart, Animal Behaviorist from South Africa, has arrived to train personnel from Ibrahim Hyderi to organize catching and handling of dogs, and MDV. The training will continue for 11 consecutive days. Dr. Isma Gheewala, an experienced surgical veterinarian, will begin training vets in neutering or spaying dogs.

Dr. Sara Salman, Head of WHO Sub Office Sindh was also present in the ceremony and reiterated full support to RFK. Dr. Naila Baig Ansar, Chair Indus Hospital Research Center concluded the session with her remarks.

After the session, RFK program team and Mr. Wasim Akhtar visited the project site and formally inaugurated the program.