India has given 10000 vials of anti-rabies vaccines to Myanmar in an effort to help and support the nation to fight against the rabies disease. The handing over ceremony took place in Yangon on October 8. The vials of the Anti-Rabies vaccines were handed over by the Deputy Chief of Mission Sumit Seth to Myanmar's Director General of Department of Medical Research [DG(DMS)] Zaw Than Htun according to the Indian Embassy in Myanmar. The Director-General of India thanked for India's support.
The statement read that the focus of this goodwill gesture was to provide support to the government of Myanmar for its fight against Rabies. It also highlights the strength of India's pharmaceutical industry in manufacturing high-quality vaccines at a highly competitive price. The Director-General thanked New Delhi for its initiative and recognized the growing bilateral health cooperation between the two nations. Two Deputy Director Generals and other senior officers of the different departments of the Ministry of Health and Sports and officers from the Embassy of India, Yangon are among the dignitaries who were present at the handing over ceremony.
Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans. It is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. Early symptoms can include fever and irritation at the site of exposure. It is caused by Lyssa viruses. It is spread when an infected animal scratches or bites another animal or human. Saliva from an infected animal can also transmit rabies if the saliva comes into contact with the eyes, mouth or nose. Animal control and vaccination programs have decreased the risk of rabies from dogs in a number of regions of the world. Anti rabies vaccines are used to prevent rabies. They can be used to prevent rabies before and for a period of time after exposure to the virus such as by a dog or bat bite. The immunity that develops is long-lasting after a full course. Doses are usually given by injection into the skin or muscle. It is recommended that those who are at high risk of exposure be vaccinated before potential exposure.
(With inputs from agencies)