Human Biologicals Institute (HBI) , a division of Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL), in association with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) organized a free pre exposure prophylaxis camp against rabies for rag pickers on October 11. Dr S N Madhusudhana , Professor Neurovirology, NIMHANS, Bangalore inaugurated the free vaccination camp at Rag pickers colony, Sarjapur road.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Parviz Ahmed Piran, Joint Director Animal Husbandry Dept of BBMP said Rag pickers, Municipal workers, Animal Handlers, veterinarians etc are at a high risk of rabies as they are continuously exposed to the animals. This gesture of HBI in immunizing nearly around 1000 rag pickers would help in protecting them from Rabies he said.
Pre exposure prophylaxis comprises of 3 doses of anti rabies vaccine on day 0, 7 & 28 to the high risk groups in order to protect them from in inadvertent exposure to rabies. They require annual booster doses to maintain immunity levels.
Stating on the occasion, Mr. N Anand, General Manager “ Human Health, HBI, said We have been conducting free vaccination camps against rabies for the street dogs & pet for the past several years in various locations in India with the help of respective state governments. This is for the first time we are conducting free pre exposure prophylaxis camp against rabies for rag pickers. Through such initiatives we try to encourage high risk groups like rag pickers, animal handlers, veterinarians, municipal workers & pet owners to undertake for pre exposure prophylaxis against rabies. We also try to create the awareness about this killer Zoonotic disease that kills more than 20000 people in India alone.
HBI have a network of 3000 Abhay Clinics in 26 states which are one stop vaccination centre for animal bite & other vaccine preventable diseases. A dedicated national toll free number 1800 425 4068 is also in place for giving information about animal bite management & pre-exposure prophylaxis. In Karnataka we have a network of 200 Abhay Clinics spread across the state. Of these nearly 30 are in Bangalore.