An awareness cum interaction programme was organized today by Veterinary section of JMC in collaboration with Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Rehari, Jammu. The main motive of the programme was to aware the school students regarding the importance of Animal Birth Control Program being implemented by JMC in all the 75 wards of Municipal Corporation, Jammu and its impact on society.
Joint Commissioner (H&S), JMC Kulbhushan Khajuria graced the event as a chief guest. Other dignitaries including Principal Govt. Girls Hr. Sec. School, Rehari, Jammu, Jyoti Prakash Sharma, Vice Principal, Pooja Rani, Health Officer JMC, Dr. Vinod Kumar Sharma, MVO, JMC Dr. Divya Sharma, other officials of MVO section, JMC & faculty members of the school were also present.
MVO, JMC, Dr. Divya Sharma introduced the faculty & students about the Animal Birth Control Program & its progress in Jammu. She depicted the fact that in an overall stray dog population of about 43,000 in Jammu city, approximately 36000 stray dogs have already been sterilized & vaccinated under the ABC programme being run by JMC. She laid emphasis on the fact that as per ABC (Dog) Rules, 2023, stray dogs are not being dislocated from one locality to other, they are only being captured for sterilization & vaccination and are released back in the same area with a permanent identification mark i.e. “Right Ear-notch”.
Health Officer, JMC Dr. Vinod Kumar Sharma further guided the faculty & students about rabies prevention, control and immediate steps to be taken in case of dog bite.
MVO, JMC Dr. Divya Sharma also presented a power point presentation on implementation, objectives, various Animal Welfare activities & success of ABC/ARV programme run by Jammu Municipal Corporation in accordance with the Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules, 2023 within JMC limits. She also demonstrated how the stray dog population can be controlled in a time bound manner via effective ABC programme implementation that will also curb the spread of rabies both in human as well as animals.
Joint Commissioner (H&S) JMC in his address appreciated the role of Veterinary services wing of JMC for organizing such type of mass awareness extension programs in educational institutions of Jammu city as it envisages to propagate the awareness upto the grass root level which is very important for the successful implementation of ABC program within JMC limits. He thanked the Principal & all the faculty members of Govt. Girls Hr. Sec School, Rehari, Jammu for their support in organizing such awareness programs for the students. He further requested the general public/ Resident Welfare Associations/ AWOs/ Local animal activists for their cooperation to effectively implement the ABC/ ARV programme in Jammu city. He also advised the Veterinary wing to organize such kind of awareness cum interaction programs with students in future also.
Jyoti Prakash Sharma, Principal Govt. Girls Hr. Sec. School, Rehari, Jammu presented his perspective about the ABC/ARV programme being implemented by JMC to control the menace of stray dog in Jammu city and its importance to curb the spread of rabies in both human as well as animal population. He also extended his gratitude towards the JMC authorities for organizing such extensive & informative session on ABC/ARV programme for students of his school.