The Republic of Congo is the beneficiary of a project durable durable Sustainable control of human rabies transmitted by dogs in Central Africa ’’ which the UN agency is funding to the tune of 311,000 dollars, or more than 188 million FCFA. The project leaders recently met by videoconference to assess the impact of the activities carried out with the populations.
Indeed, many cases of infections and deaths due to dog bites have been reported in recent years by the department of major endemics. For example, more than five hundred people were bitten by dogs and one person by a cat in Pointe-Noire. There are two hundred children from 0 to 15 years old. Several other cases of infection have also been recorded in neighboring localities.
Faced with the risk of rabies for public health, FAO and its partners in the sub-region have committed themselves through a roadmap known as ” zero human mortality due to canine rabies by 2030 by Central Africa”. They promised to intensify field activities in the Covid-19 health crisis. ” It is about strengthening the capacities of Central African countries in the fight against zoonoses; develop eight national rabies elimination plans; operationalize the integrated surveillance and reporting system for animal and human rabies cases in the countries concerned “, Said an FAO press release.
At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed to reschedule field activities and extend information sharing. They will meet in the first week of next month, with the participation of the main partners, which are the sectoral ministries and municipalities of the countries, the Cémac Commission in charge of livestock and fishery resources, the World Health Organization and the World Rabies Alliance, we learned.
Note that rabies is a disease caused in humans by the bite of unvaccinated and infested animals (dogs, cats, monkeys, etc.) by a virus that is transmitted by saliva. There is therefore the risk of being infected even when one has only been licked or scratched by a dog. This is why health experts are counting on large-scale vaccination of dogs, rapid care of the sick and in addition to awareness campaigns with local communities.