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World Rabies Day 2009

Dr. Thomas Mathew Secretary General APCRI

Dr. Thomas Mathew Secretary General APCRI

“Awareness is the best defense against Rabies” was the slogan raised in the rally flagged off by Sri. C. Jayan Babu, Mayor, Thiruvananthapuram from Raktha Sakshi Mandapam to Press Club as part of the World Rabies Day Observance on September 28, 2009. The rally was lead by Dr. Thomas Mathew, Secretary General, APCRI and Nodal Officer, State Disease Control and Monitoring Cell, along with representatives from health services and other voluntary organizations working in the field of rabies control. The band service of the children from Sree Chithra Poor Home made the rally lively and rhythmic. The rally was followed by the inauguration of The World Rabies Day State level by Sri. C. Divakaran, Honorable Minister for Husbandry, Food and Civil Supplies, Kerala. Dr. R. Vijayakumar, Director of Animal Husbandry Kerala, welcomed the gathering and Dr. A. P. S Nair, president, IVA; delivered the key note address. Sri. S. B. Jayaprasad, Chairman, Kerala State Pollution Control Board; Sri. A. Vikraman Nair, Additional Secretary, Animal Husbandry; Dr. Theodore John, President, KVSSA; Dr. Sukumara Pillai, president, AHOAK; Sri. G. Prakasam, Special Officer to MD, KMSCL and Dr. N. Ajayan, DAHO; felicitated in the inaugural ceremony. This was followed by the workshop on Rabies Control, inaugurated by Sri. S. M. Vijayanand IAS, Principal Secretary, LSGD and chaired by Dr. V. Ramkumar, Former Secretary, VCI; Dr. R. Vijayakumar, Director, Animal Husbandry Dept. and Dr. N. N. Sasi, Registrar, Kerala State Veterinary Council.