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Dotyaw
1st October 2013, 02:06 AM
New Crystal Health Services, a private medical facility in the country, has urged government to create more awareness about the deadly nature of rabies.

"There are safe and effective vaccines available therefore education should also focus on responsible pet ownership which involves proper feeding and prompt vaccination. It should also include the confiscation and destruction of stray animals, the elimination of unwanted pups by spraying or neutering of pets and government intervention through the provision of funds for annual rabies vaccination," the institution said in a statement to mark the World Rabies Day.


TRAIN HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO PROPERLY MANAGE RABIES:
AS WORLD MARKS RABIES DAY
Accra-25th September, 2013

On the occasion of World Rabies Day, New Crystal Health Services, a private medical facility in the country will like to urge government to create more awareness about the deadly nature of rabies. We believe the awareness creation should focus primarily on training for healthcare professionals so they can offer the appropriate treatment immediately one is bitten by a rabied dog.

We regretfully cite a case in point where the hospital lost a 4 year old patient who was transferred to our facility because of delays in seeking the right treatment for him and the administering of a tetanus injection by a health care professional of another facility due to the wrongful assumption that it could treat him.

The fact that over 55,000 people die of rabies each year and about 95 percent of these deaths occur in Asia and Africa alone is a cause for concern. We are therefore in total support of this year’s theme, “Rabies: understand it to defeat it.”

There are safe and effective vaccines available therefore education should also focus on responsible pet ownership which involves proper feeding and prompt vaccination. It should also include the confiscation and destruction of stray animals, the elimination of unwanted pups by spraying or neutering of pets and government intervention through the provision of funds for annual rabies vaccination

We commend government on the mass vaccination activities that it embarked on in the past as a way of dealing with the issue, but urge it to do more to ensure that people, especially children do not die a preventable death from the bite of a rabied dog.


New Crystal Health Services is a private medical facility with 6 branches and 2 healthcare assistant training institutes across the country. The facility has over 300,000 clients and provides 24hour comprehensive medical care at all its branches. The hospital is committed to providing the best of care for its clients as well as the communities in which it operates.

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